Markkanen da man?

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

Two former rotating backups facing off against each other?

It's possible tonight when the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Edmonton Oilers.

Yesterday, Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish would not divulge who his starting goaltender will be tonight.

But it's not beyond the realm of possibility to see Jussi Markkanen at one end and Ty Conklin at the other.

"You have to give Jussi an opportunity to get comfortable in the net, too," said MacTavish.

"We haven't given him a lot of starts, but that's more indicative of where we are collectively as a group rather than where Jussi is."

Markkanen got the call in the Oilers last game and was outstanding - particularly in the second period - in the 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

However, Dwayne Roloson is the Oiler money goaltender and also the undisputed starter.

This season, Roloson has played in 44 of the Oilers 50 games. Markkanen has been in 11.

"We haven't been in the position where we've been able to win a game without outstanding goaltending," MacTavish said.

"Jussi is playing better and he gave us outstanding goaltending against L.A. It's important that he continues to do that when he does play, and that will spell Roli. And we all know that Roli comes in and plays well after he's had a few days off."


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