Rock n’ Roli

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In an otherwise completely boring game against the Phoenix Coyotes, Dwayne Roloson literally pulled out all (or at least most) of the stops last night. The first period was yawn-enducing, and you can see by the comments in the GDB thread that most of the Nationeers watching and writing agreed. But in the second and third periods, Roloson was a man on fire. A veritable rockstar. A not-39-year-old goalie past his prime. And consequently, the rest of our boys were fired up as well.

I have to agree with Chaz, though, who had this to say in the comments of GDB 56:

Note To Rollie:

That move you do when you bat the puck out of the air is cool and all, but please limit its occurrence to once or twice a year. You played great last night, and have been very good lately, but put that move away already. Especially when you’re surrounded by 3 opposition players. I know you actually didn’t make the move last night, but you kept acting like you were going to, and quite frankly Rollie, it makes us all a little bit nervous here in Oil nation. We’d prefer it actually if you just concentrated on holding on to your stick (I bet that’s what she said) as opposed to trying to emulate Barry Bonds.

We couldn’t agree with you more, Chaz old son.

Oh sure, it was only Phoenix we were playing against. Only the 14th place team in the Western Conference. But it was an important game for the boys in copper & blue. It put the Oil in sixth place, a decent position from which to battle the Sharks.

Things are looking up in the OilersNation. And as an added bonus, I get a perverse pleasure out of watching Gretzky scowl all game long. Schadenfraude, it’s called.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    So he is actually 2-0 in the second game of back-to-back so bet on him going tonight. Plus Deslauriers has played Dallas once this year, and although he lost he might get a start, but if Roloson wins tonight you can bet on him starting in Dallas for sure.

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    Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

    Actually, I think that everytime the Oilers have played back-to-back nights this year, the same goalie has started both games. I think Roli, Garon and JDD have all done it, can anyone confirm?

    Not close to every time. The Oilers have played back to back 10 times so far. Garon never went in both games. Deslauriers did in NYR and NJ, and won both. Roloson has done it twice. Lost first in Det then won next night in CBJ, and won both in Car and Phi.

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    Chaz wrote:

    Any news on who gets the start in net tonight?

    Bank on Roloson…He hasn't been taking morning skates lately, and is getting days of from practice. Plus he has owned the Sharks the last few times, and don't look now but the Sharks have lost three in a row. They might be pissed, but they might be fragile too. Even the good teams go through a funk now and then.

    And you might see JF Jacques in the lineup on Thursday. He plays his last game tonight on his two-week conditioning stint and he has to be recalled or waived no later than Thursday so I'd expect him to meet the team in Dallas.

    According to Rob Daum, who I had on the show yesterday, I will put up interview at around 2 today, Jacques has played quite well. He had five points in three games this past weekend, and has 6 points in the seven games he has played.

    Just wondering if you guys who think coaching was the problem in Springfield noticed they are 0-4 since Truitt left. I think Daum will make them a bit better, but this team is bad. They were outshot 33-16, 42-28 and 40-20 over the weekend, and they can't score. Their goaltending is the only reason the games are even close right now.

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    Actually, I think that everytime the Oilers have played back-to-back nights this year, the same goalie has started both games. I think Roli, Garon and JDD have all done it, can anyone confirm?

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    And as an added bonus, I get a perverse pleasure out of watching Gretzky scowl all game long

    I don't think I've ever seen dude smile behind the bench.

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    It's true that it was only Phoenix, but aren't these "should win" games the ones the Oil have historically mailed in and not won in the past couple of years? Us Oil faithful need to focus in on the positives:

    We got the win last night
    We are on a three game win streak
    If things don't work out for Rollie in hockey, we're pretty sure he has a future in Jai Alai
    Everyone in the league is pretty much afraid of Souray

    Any news on who gets the start in net tonight?