GDB 70: Against the Avs, Roloson’s 26th straight start

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson starts his 26th straight game tonight against the Colorado Avalanche

Lucky number 26? If 13 is widely considered unlucky by many, I wonder if double the amount is twice as bad or if there’s no significance what so ever.

Either way, Dwayne Roloson will start his 26th straight game tonight against the Avs. An Oiler win tonight should get JDD his first start since November 30, tomorrow in Chicago.

Starting Roloson tonight makes the most sense. The Oilers need this game and technically speaking their odds of a win tonight are greater than tomorrow in Chicago. Every game is huge down the stretch, but Roloson can’t start every one, so put in your best goalie tonight, get the win and then hope that Deslauriers will be so pumped to play tomorrow in Chicago that he might steal you a game.

Roloson is 9th in GP amongst goalies, he has faced the 8th most shots, and only Lundqvist has a better save % out of the top nine work horses. Roloson has had a stellar season, when you consider no one thought he would be the bona fide number one this year.

The Avs on the other hand are in the basement of the Western conference and when you look at their goalie’s numbers it’s no surprise. Budaj has a 2.87 GAA and a .899%, while Raycroft is struggling with a 3.15 GAA and .892%. The injuries to Joe Sakic and Paul Stastny have definitely hurt them, but they don’t have good enough goaltending to compete.

On Saturday, the Oilers allowed the Avs to stay in the game when Hemsky was stoned on a breakaway, and then they didn’t muster a shot on two separate two-on-ones early in the first. The Avs are playing out the string. So much for the adage “playing loose” down the stretch, because the Avs have ONE regulation win in their last 12 games.

This has to be a win tonight for the Oilers.

Joe Sakic skated this morning for the first time since suffering a back injury on Nov 28th, and then getting outsmarted by his snow blower in December. It doesn’t sound like he’ll play tonight.

Mike Vernace and Derek Peltier made their NHL debuts on the backend for the Avs earlier this week, so the Avs blueline could be ripe for the picking if both suit up again tonight.

Penner took some shifts with Moreau and Cogliano while Pisani skated with Reddox/Stortini and Brodziak. Moreau and Cogliano worked well together earlier this season, so putting them back together makes sense and Penner seems more energized when skating alongside the Captain.

  • Harlie Chuddy

    the number 26 numerology wise is broken down to 2+6 which equals 8. 8 is regarded as the number for TOTAL CONTROL. Hence the cataclysmic events which transformed the year 2008 from a major BULL MARKET to a major BEAR MARKET and other huge worldwide (mostly negative) events.

    Believe it or not http://illuminatimatrix.wordpress.com/2-origin-of-numbers-2/

    So what's this got to do with hockey? And more specifically for Roli's performance tonight? Who the hell knows but it is some interesting sh*t!

  • Deep Oil

    Travis Dakin wrote:

    Deep Oil wrote:
    Rolli was a bit of sourpuss when he got here and learned to be a team player with the ups and downs, shows we can all change….. right Dakin and 24…
    What?

    Just jabbin my friendly foes….. LOL

  • smytty777

    @ Gregor

    Don't you think JDD needs to start in Chicago win or lose tonight? At some point the Oilers need to figure out if JDD can play, if the plan was never to play him then they should have either traded him or put him on waivers and kept Garon.

    The number of consecutive starts is beginning to border on ridiculous, if Roli has nothing left for the playoffs then really what is the point of even making it?

  • Wanye Gretz

    Jonathan Willis wrote:

    – Of course, it’s also the number worn by Erik Cole, picked by Wanye in the preseason as this team’s hero, only to fall bitterly short and leave the team.

    When did that happen? One would think I would remember doing that.

    *touches lobotomy scar on forehead, wonders where he parked this morning*

    Deep Oil wrote:

    Is it true that if the Oilers make the playoffs, all season ticket holders get two complimentary Capital Ex…. I mean Edmonton Capital tickets….

    Estimated resale value: -$4.23

  • Travis Dakin

    Deep Oil wrote:

    Rolli was a bit of sourpuss when he got here and learned to be a team player with the ups and downs, shows we can all change….. right Dakin and 24…

    What?

  • I'm a Scientist!

    Deep Oil wrote:

    I’m a Scientist! wrote:
    Is Patty O on the first line again? I like his mojo up there.
    No – he was placed on this line as a St. Patty’s tribute, MacT puts all the players in a hat and then creates the lines after morning practise.

    I sure hope those "little people" are in the hat… They would make a good line with Gagner. It would be like that McDonalds commercial…

  • Deep Oil

    I'm a Scientist! wrote:

    Is Patty O on the first line again? I like his mojo up there.

    No – he was placed on this line as a St. Patty's tribute, MacT puts all the players in a hat and then creates the lines after morning practise.

  • Deep Oil

    Does anyone think that Rolli deserves one of the following:

    1) 2.5mm per year plus $10K bonus per game played
    one year contract

    2) 2.5 mm per year – 2 years – mutual club option and
    player option for year

    Rolli was a bit of sourpuss when he got here and learned to be a team player with the ups and downs, shows we can all change….. right Dakin and 24…

    Is it true that if the Oilers make the playoffs, all season ticket holders get two complimentary Capital Ex…. I mean Edmonton Capital tickets….

    Wonder which Rexall family brand is going to replace Telus Field….. god bless the ATM bank machine McKesson.

    Rexall Yard
    PharmaPlus Park
    Guardian Stadium
    IDA Field

  • Random #26-related notes:

    – 26 is the only number between a square (25) and a cube (27).

    – It's also the symbol for iron; I suspect that was chosen because any goaltender who can start 26-straight games is automatically a sort of "iron-man".

    – Of course, it's also the number worn by Erik Cole, picked by Wanye in the preseason as this team's hero, only to fall bitterly short and leave the team.