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Roli the goalie ready to keep on rolling

Dwayne Roloson. (Edmonton Sun Photo)

Dwayne Roloson. (Edmonton Sun Photo)

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:48 AM ET

ST. PAUL -- Dwayne Roloson will be rested and ready when he makes his 15th consecutive start for the Edmonton Oilers against the Minnesota Wild tonight after getting a breather in Monday's 7-1 win over Phoenix.

While Roloson saw 34 shots against the Coyotes - equalling the high he's faced since being acquired from Minnesota before the trade deadline - the 36-year-old stopper had a 6-1 lead to lean on after 40 minutes. A romp is as good as a rest.

"I was able to use it to work on some things," said Roloson. "We haven't had many practices where I had time to work on the little things that you need to work on for the haul we've got coming up."

With nine of his 13 starts going into the game with Phoenix being decided by one goal, Roloson has had precious little margin to work with. Up by five goals after two periods, he turned aside all 17 Phoenix shots he faced in the third period to improve to 6-5-3 in Oilers silks.

Coach Craig MacTavish yesterday confirmed he'll go with Roloson again tonight. "We had two days off. He's fine to play. I don't anticipate seeing him out of the net any time soon."

MULTIPLE MIKE

Michael Peca had a goal and an assist against the Coyotes, marking his third multi-point game of the season and his first since Jan. 26, when he had two assists against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

"The last three or four games we've been getting the same amount of chances, but we capitalized," said Peca, who scored the 5-1 goal Monday and had a helper on the 3-1 goal by linemate Ethan Moreau after going 11 games without a point.

Peca's sitting with nine goals and 21 points and clearly has found a niche working between Moreau and Radek Dvorak. The trio will remain intact for tonight's game.

ROAD WARRIORS

The Oilers are 20-11-6 on the road, having hit the 20-win mark for the first time since '86-87, when they had 21.

If the Oilers can sweep this four-game swing, they'll equal the franchise's second-best mark of 24 road wins, set in '85-86. The team record is 26 wins, set in '83-84.

AROUND THE RINK ... Igor Ulanov has been a healthy scratch in 17 straight games ... Georges Laraque, Rem Murray and rookie Brad Winchester are likely scratches tonight.


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