A rest for Roli?

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:19 AM ET

Every game Dwayne Roloson's played since arriving in Edmonton has meant something.

Thursday's game against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks meant everything.

Now with a playoff spot secured, it means Roloson could conceivably get a night off when the Edmonton Oilers host the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow (7 p.m.) at Rexall Place.

Then again, he may not need one.

"We'll continue to think about it, but I doubt it will happen," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "I'll talk to Roli and see how he feels. But we had three days off and we'll have another three or four days off after (tomorrow's) game. So it would be one game in seven days, so we'll see and make a decision.

"He's going to be one game in seven days right now going into the playoffs, or no games in seven days."

Since his arrival on March 7, Roloson has played every game for the Oilers. He made his 19th consecutive start in the 2-1 win against the Ducks Thursday, then watched the Vancouver Canucks fall to the San Jose Sharks, allowing the Oilers to clinch a playoff spot.

"It was a big grind for us and sitting watching that game (Thursday), I was more nervous watching it than playing our game," Roloson said.

"Now it's time to relax. We're lucky we have three or four days to relax and get away from the game for a little bit. I think it'll be a good time to recharge."

It's also a good time for Roloson to catch his breath.

Roloson went from being the backup to Manny Fernandez in Minnesota and playing sparingly, to being the No. 1 guy in Edmonton.

He was thrown into the fire immediately with the Oilers in the thick of a playoff race.

Before arriving in Edmonton, the 36-year-old native of Simcoe, Ont., played in 24 games for the Minnesota Wild this season. He had a 6-17-1-1 record with a 3.00 goals-against average. With the Oilers, Roloson is 8-7-4-1 with a 2.47 goals-against average.

The Oilers were conceding an average of 3.2 goals per games before Roloson's arrival. With Roloson, the number's dropped to 2.7.

"Physically I feel fine, mentally I feel fine," Roloson said. "It's the time of year where you just have to try and take care of yourself and prepare for hockey games, and that's what I'm trying to do."

The Oilers took yesterday off and will be back on the ice today to prepare for tomorrow's tilt against the Avalanche. It'll be the only chance Roloson gets to take a night off before the playoffs begin.

"That's not up to me, that's up to the coaches. We'll see what happens," Roloson said. "I'd like to play ... it's up to the coaches."

And as for the Oilers' first-round opponent, Roloson prefers to face the Red Wings.

"I just know Detroit a little better," he said. "Playing in Minnesota, I always played against Detroit. I didn't get a chance to play Dallas very much because Manny was a former Dallas Star and he got to play against them."


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