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Backup goalie to start

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

It took his team getting eliminated from playoff contention for Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers to finally draw back in goal for the Edmonton Oilers. The rookie goaltender has not started a game since Nov. 30, although he's come in on a couple of mop-up stints since then.

"Unfortunately with the situation we are in, we were all hoping it would be under better circumstances," Drouin-Deslauriers said. "But it's the same thing for me, I'm going to stick with the same routine that I have had all year getting ready to play."

It's been a tough season for Drouin-Deslauriers.

The year started with him fighting for net time during practice as the Oilers began the season with three goaltenders. The most playing time Drouin-Deslauriers got this season was down in the minors on a conditioning stint.

He started five games with the Oilers, posting a 3-2 record with a 3.57 goals against average and .889 save percentage.

It's expected he'll get both starts against the Calgary Flames this weekend after backing up Dwayne Roloson for the last four months.

"Deslauriers is obviously going to go in the net," said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. "Roli is mission accomplished from his perspective. Now we'll give him the games off against Calgary and we'll see what Jeff can do."

Roloson, 39, was outstanding down the stretch and was a big reason the Oilers were in the playoff hunt. But MacTavish said he hurt his glove hand against Vancouver and could use the rest.

Ice chips ...

There is a report out of Russia that Oilers Swedish prospect Linus Omark has signed with a KHL team for next season. Omark became a Youtube sensation with his shootout goal last week in a Swedish Elite League game.


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