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Mystery in Oilers net

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:11 PM ET

CHICAGO -- Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers is not sure if he'll get the start tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks, but if his number is called, the Edmonton Oilers goaltender will be ready.

Drouin-Deslauriers has not started for the Oilers since Nov. 30, although he has entered a couple of games in relief since.

The Oilers head into tonight's contest at the United Center off an impressive 8-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

Dwayne Roloson made his 26th consecutive start in that contest and it is believed he will get the night off against Chicago, especially considering the team got into town at around 3 a.m., having flown in following the contest in Denver.

However, the Oilers have yet to confirm who their starter will be.

"I'm going to prepare the same way," Drouin-Deslauriers said. "My job is to be ready for anything that happens regardless. I've been trying to improve my game in practice and I've had lots of practice time this year.

"It's maybe not the role I want to personally play on an NHL team, but it's the role I have now and I'm going to do it the best I can."

The Blackhawks have owned the Oilers so far this season, winning all three previous games, out-scoring them 15-3 in the process.

Yet the Oilers are heading into the game having won their last two, while the Blackhawks have dropped their last four and six of their last seven.

"I think we're playing some pretty good hockey right now and in our last couple of games we've been able to put together a solid 60 minutes," said Oilers forward Sam Gagner, who collected his first career hat trick in Thursday's win.

"I think for us the focus has to be on the start and if we're able to get a lead, we can't squander it like we've done in the past. We have to keep our foot on the gas like we did (Thursday) night. I think that was a big stepping stone for us and hopefully we can build off of it."


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