GDB8: Roli to take on the Bruins

Jason Gregor
October 27 2008 01:33PM

Dwayne Roloson will get his second start of the season tonight. What does this mean?

This is more about Coach MacTavish being frustrated with Mathieu Garon, than it is the Oilers showcasing Roloson. Garon didn’t look good in Vancouver, and he let in a soft third goal in Colorado. The Oilers need him to be better if he’s to be their everyday #1 goalie.

Starting Roloson also is a sign that the coach doesn’t have confidence in young Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers just yet. If he did, tonight would be an ideal time to start the 24-year-old.

This is a huge game for the Oilers. A win puts them two games over .500 before their longest road trip of the season. Then all they would have to do is go 2-4-1 on the road trip and return home .500 after 15 games. If the Oilers are .500 or better after 15 games, with 12 of them on the road they will be ecstatic.

If Roloson plays well, this will muddy the goaltending picture even more, and it will also push Garon to be better. When asked what has been the difference in the last three losses compared to the first four games MacTavish was quick with a response, “Goaltending and special teams, plain and simple.”

That sounds like a coach who is expecting more out of his goalies, and his decision to start Roloson proves that.

Pisani back in

After missing two games with a sore back, Fernando Pisani draws back in centering Ethan Moreau and Eric Cole. Pisani tweaked his back on a snapshot in the morning skate in Chicago, and has been getting treatment for the past four days. He says he feels fine and it shouldn’t be a reoccurring problem.

It looks like Zack Stortini will sit out tonight, as he was the last player on the ice at practice this morning. And Jason Strudwick won’t play due to a sore shoulder.

October and November games matter

After 20 games last season, only one western team that wasn’t in the playoffs at that time (Anaheim) was able to make it in. The Oilers need to be in the playoff race come the first 20 games, or it will be much harder to make up ground. The Oilers schedule could make it easier to make up ground, but they have to be close after 20 games.

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#151 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 08:32PM
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I remember when wind won the NBA Championship in 1995

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#152 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 08:32PM
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I would literally abandon my heterosexual lifestyle if Sheldon Souray told me to.

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#153 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:33PM
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And Snow won a grammy for Informer.

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#154 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 08:34PM
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I would also chop Rob Brown in half if he looked at me sideways

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#155 Rammer
October 27 2008, 08:34PM
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It's okay... they're playing again... crisis averted. For now.

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#156 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:37PM
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Wow...TB tied it. So..they should end the game now.

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#157 New Guy
October 27 2008, 08:39PM
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Ah yes. A bunch of coaches we have never heard of discussing a bunch of prospects we will never see.

THANKS PPV

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#158 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 08:41PM
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I'm waiting for someone to uncork a fastball. With all this rain falling someone is going down sooner than later.

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#159 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 08:42PM
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Kick his ass sea bass!!

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#160 jeanshorts
October 27 2008, 08:43PM
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Towel Boy what kind of insane pull do you have over Major League Baseball? Bud, is that you?

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#161 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:43PM
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I was waiting for a bat go flyin' and kill someone. Looks like they're tarping now.

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#162 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:44PM
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Me and Bud go waaaay back.

lol...seabass.

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#163 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 08:44PM
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I can't follow baseball once the Red Sox are out. I only cheer for Boston, except for tonight when I cheer against Boston.

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#164 New Guy
October 27 2008, 08:45PM
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What on earth does Cam Neely do for a living? VP of what what?

Look its Cam Neely!!!

But in a desk!!

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#165 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:45PM
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I can't follow baseball unless it's the World Series and past the 5th inning. If those criteria aren't met, then I'd rather watch a Wedding Story on TLC or even a fund drive on PBS.

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#166 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 08:46PM
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Know what show is funny on TLC? That John and Kate plus 8, because one day he is going to have enough and knock that bitch down a peg.

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#167 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:48PM
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Yeah, he strikes me as that quiet reserved type that eventually goes nuclear one day.

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#168 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 08:48PM
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Jon & Kate reminds me why I don't have any regular contact with my octuplets

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#169 New Guy
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THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRD

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#170 jeanshorts
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You know he has his bags already packed and a condo lined up.

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#171 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 08:50PM
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I need Souray to get some points for my fantasy here. Not a pool either.

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#172 jeanshorts
October 27 2008, 08:51PM
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The oilers do know that they are playing against Tim Thomas right? And any puck headed within 10 feet of either side of the net has a 80 percent chance of going in.

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#173 jeanshorts
October 27 2008, 08:52PM
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And a 10000 percent chance of having Tim Thomas freak out about being scored on.

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#174 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 08:52PM
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I want to warn anyone walking downtown that if a laptop comes flying out of a 16th floor balcony and smashes on the ground in front of you it is the property of the OilersNation and we have good lawyers.

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#175 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:55PM
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Nice "around the world" Rollie.

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#176 Wanye Gretz
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That was actually preformed by Daft Punk

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#177 OilersNinja
October 27 2008, 08:57PM
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Damint Visnovski

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#178 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:57PM
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gr8 song.

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#179 OilersNinja
October 27 2008, 08:58PM
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Me fail english?? Thats umpossible

-Ralph Wiggam circa 1996

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#180 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 09:00PM
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Nice save rollie

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#181 Monday Guy
October 27 2008, 09:03PM
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too cheap to buy the game

seems to have really opened up, though

:s

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#182 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 09:05PM
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You know...I just realized that this game has sorta been boring. Rollie's been playing pretty darn swell though.

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#183 freeze
October 27 2008, 09:05PM
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Rollie!!!!

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#184 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 09:10PM
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Watch our for that laptop!!!

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#185 Fiveandagame
October 27 2008, 09:11PM
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GUYS, just tuned into the Radio online, WTF 0-0????

Whats going on? Why hasn't Gagner scored 3 goals and why hasn't Cole scored 4???

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#186 Fiveandagame
October 27 2008, 09:16PM
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4 Goals in the 3rd.....maybe even some for the oilers.

WE NEED a GOAL!!!! Doug Weight would score a goal....

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#187 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 09:17PM
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holy eff me...thomas...bastard!

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#188 freeze
October 27 2008, 09:18PM
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HEMMER!!!!

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#189 Fiveandagame
October 27 2008, 09:19PM
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I hate Tim Thomas....allstar my ass

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#190 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 09:21PM
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I wish I knew what Mark Schultz thought.

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#191 freeze
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alright Cogs, time to shine. :D

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#192 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 09:26PM
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I kinda wanna see Thomas in a shootout...so Gags can light him up and then Thomas can beat up his goal post.

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#193 baggedmilk
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This is not good.

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#194 The Towel Boy
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for fuck sakes.

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#195 The Towel Boy
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www.sadtrombone.com

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#196 freeze
October 27 2008, 09:32PM
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damnit Sam!

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#197 freeze
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at least they are getting closer to a win. right?

...right?

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#198 jeanshorts
October 27 2008, 09:34PM
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Well Rolson's stock just skyrocketed. Silver lining I guess. Hey, so, should we like, start putting more pucks in the net than the other team soon, or?

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#199 jeanshorts
October 27 2008, 09:43PM
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KLowe better have Tortarella's number on speed dial because this ship needs a turning right quick.

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#200 ThePensblog
October 27 2008, 10:47PM
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Wow your team really sucks.

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