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Roli shell-shocked

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

PHOENIX -- The last time Dwayne Roloson was shelled by the Colorado Avalanche, he came back the next game only to be pulled after two periods.

So does Craig MacTavish automatically give Jussi Markkanen the nod tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes?

Not necessarily.

"We'll see," MacTavish said. "I'm not going to say who the goaltender is going to be in Phoenix, other than to agree that it was a sub-par performance by Roli."

Roloson gave up seven goals on 30 shots against the Avalanche on Tuesday.

The last time the Avalanche were in Edmonton to face the Oilers, Roloson was pulled after giving up six goals on 20 shots.

He was then pulled the following game after conceding three goals on 20 shots against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

But Roloson rebounded, going on to post shutouts in his next two starts.

Markkanen conceded one goal on 29 shots in his last start - a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Dec. 6.

Yet the last time he faced the Coyotes in Phoenix, Markkanen gave up four goals on 16 shots before getting the hook in a 6-2 loss.

"The two games we've won against Colorado down there were won because of the way he played," MacTavish said of Roloson.

"Now the last three against them, he hasn't played very well."

Roloson is looking to rebound. He stuck around late after Tuesday's contest digesting game film.

"My wife probably doesn't like this right now," Roloson said. "I got home around 12:30, 1 a.m. (Tuesday) night because we were watching film.

"You know how you are going to prepare for the next game, but you still try and look at video when you get a chance and (Tuesday) night was a perfect opportunity."

Either way, Roloson dismissed the possibility fatigue could be a factor in his recent struggles.

"No, I don't think so at all," he said.


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