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Game 72: Oilers At Avalanche, Preview And Open Thread

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Edmonton Oilers
9:00 pm ET / 7:00 pm MT
Colorado Avalanche
33-27-9 March 19, 2009 33-27-9
75 points
Pepsi Center
64 Points
8th in West
Denver, CO
15th in West

It's the final meeting of the year between the Avalanche and Oilers. If past history is any indication, the final score will be 3-2 (4 of the 5 games this year have been 3-2 games).

The Avalanche are once again resembling an outpatient facility. Daniel Tjarnqvist, Adam Foote and Ruslan Salei are all out again, meaning Michael Vernace and Derek Peltier will make their 2nd career start today. Meanwhile, 2005 2nd-round pick Paul Stastny is out. He'll be replaced in the lineup by 2007 2nd-round pick TJ Galiardi. Galiardi is the first player from our 2007 draft to make his NHL debut.


T.J. Galiardi

#43 / Left Wing / Colorado Avalanche

6-2

172

Apr 22, 1988



Dwayne Roloson will be making his 495th consecutive start (or 26th) for Edmonton. Peter Budaj will once again be between the pipes for the good guys.


Peter Budaj

#31 / Goalie / Colorado Avalanche

6-1

200

Sep 18, 1982



GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Peter Budaj 49 2822 19 26 2 5 135 2.87 1332 1197 .899 1




Dwayne Roloson

#35 / Goalie / Edmonton Oilers

6-1

180

Oct 12, 1969



GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Dwayne Roloson 52 2939 24 17 9 3 135 2.76 1584 1449 .915 1