No point second-guessing Craig MacTavish's decision to start Dwayne Roloson against Vancouver.
Mathieu Garon is on the limp.
There had been speculation for several days that something was bothering Garon, but he kept it quiet, and denied he was hurting when asked about it point-blank.
But he missed practice yesterday and MacTavish finally came clean. It's a lower body problem that's been bugging him for a week.
"He's not 100%, he's dealing with a few things," said the coach. "We kind of expected it to eradicate itself, but it really hasn't."
The Oilers aren't going to go into detail as long as they're still in the playoff hunt, but Garon was pulled from the March 13 game in Colorado, not after a goal, but after being bowled over in the crease. Roloson's played every minute of the four games since.
"It's one of those things that started off as a little bit of an annoyance. It turned into something worse than that and now it's keeping him out of practice," said MacTavish. "It's becoming more of an issue now than it has been."
Asked if Edmonton needed to call up a minor league goalie for today's game, MacTavish said "No, he's going to be available."