Preview Page | Game Notes | Head-to-Head | Stats Comparison | Program | Depth Chart | Set Your Lineup
Last 10 -- Colorado 5-4-1; Edmonton 2-6-2
Season series -- This is the third meeting of the season between the Oilers and Avalanche. Colorado won the first one 3-0 at Rexall Place. The Oilers defeated the Avs 5-3 a week from Sunday at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Ryan Potulny had a goal and an assist in that game.
Big story -- Having played well in the first two months of the season, the Colorado Avalanche are still leading the Northwest Division with 29 points (13W – 5L – 3OT) and are currently second in the Western Conference behind the San Jose Sharks. The Oilers have 8 wins and 19 points, including a 5-3 victory when they last visited Colorado. Fighting for those crucial 2 points, expect the Oilers to come out strong in the first game of their five game homestand.
Oilers -- Oilers forward Patrick O’Sullivan is having a good season so far with 12 points (3 goals and 9 assists) under his belt. With one game winning goal and 4 points in the past five games, O’Sullivan is the third leading scorer among Oilers.
Avalanche -- Forward Paul Stastny has captured 5 points in his last five games. Playing his fifth season with the Avalanche, Stastny is also leading his teammates for points and assists including one game- winning goal. (4-14-18).
Who's hot -- Lubomir Visnovsky has five points in his last seven games (2g, 3a) for the Oilers. ... Ales Hemsky has four points (1g, 3a) in his last five outings.
Injury report -- Edmonton's injury list continues to be a large one. The Oilers have eight players on the shelf, including Robert Nilsson (concussion), Fernando Pisani (colitis), Sam Gagner (lower body), Taylor Chorney (ankle), J-F Jacques (back), Ryan Stone (knee), Marc Pouliot (sports hernia) and Denis Grebeshkov (knee).
Stat pack -- The Oilers and Avalanche rank 26th and 25th in the NHL respectively in shots against. Edmonton allows an average of 33.2 shots against per game while Colorado allows 33.0.
Puck drop -- Neither team has been playing well, and both are struggling offensively. Expect both teams to try to push the tempo -- a tactic that worked for each during their early-season hot streaks and that neither has been able to do in the past week or two.