Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Edmonton Waits For Carolina-Buffalo Winner

The Edmonton Oilers will take the much needed break, but hopefully the rest will not last too long. The Oilers were able to send the Anaheim Mighty Ducks home in five games with a win on Saturday night which saw Edmonton kill off an Anaheim six-on-three power play the final 2:18 of the game. Edmonton is now the Western Conference Champion and will await the winner of the Carolina-Buffalo series.
Head Coach Craig MacTavish has commented in recent days that he worries a long layoff might hurt his team as it has done to other teams in the playoffs. Eight is enough for Edmonton, as in eight days before they will play game one of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday night. Either way the game will be on the road.
The flu bug has effected Edmonton a little bit, such as Raffi Torres, and the rest should take away any lingering symptoms.
The Oilers have played 11 games in 21 days and have been backstopped by Dwayne Roloson who has definitely played at a much higher level. In the regular season, Roloson was 14-24-5, however, he has posted 12 wins in the playoffs. Roloson was acquired from the Minnesota Wild at the NHL trade deadline in March.
The Hurricanes lead their series 3-2 and play in Buffalo tonight where rookie Cam Ward will start in goal for Carolina.

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