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Edmonton Oilers vs. Colorado Avalanche



Start Time: 7:38 p.m. MST

Television: Rogers Sportsnet West

Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com. Game Notes | Edmonton/Colorado Stats Comparison | Player Head-to-Head Statistics Following a six-game homestand that saw the Oilers go 3-3-0, they head out on the road for a single game tonight and take on the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.

The Oilers have been playing .500 hockey for the past month, with a record of 7-7-1 in their past 15 games dating back to October 25. With two wins in their last two games, this is their chance to get on a bit of a roll and start to make a move up the standings. A win tonight would tie the Oilers with the Calgary Flames for fourth in the Northwest Division and move them within five points of the division lead.

It would also move them three points out of fourth seed in the Western Conference with a number of players slated to return from injury shortly.

On Monday night, the Oilers got a third period goal from Andrew Cogliano and Dwayne Roloson stopped 36 of 37 shots on the way to a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

LAST GAME: Oilers 3, Blue Jackets 1 Colorado has been struggling a bit after a fast start to the season. The Avs have only one win in their last five games and that was against Edmonton at Rexall Place last week by a score of 3-2. In their last game, the Avalanche were soundly defeated 5-2 by the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

This is the fourth meeting of the season between Edmonton and Colorado. The Avalanche won the previous three, two in regulation and one in a shootout.

Just The Facts...

OILERS TO WATCH: Ales Hemsky is playing in his 300th career Oilers and NHL game tonight and is coming in on a hot streak with points in each of his last four games (3g, 3a)... After sitting five of six games due to a hot streak from Mathieu Garon, Dwayne Roloson has returned to the Oilers lineup in a big way. He brings a two-game winning streak into tonight's game with 1.44 GAA and .961 save percentage (74 saves on 77 shots)... The Oilers' fourth line has been impressive the last several games. Kyle Brodziak scored last game while Marty Reasoner scored the game before that and in two of the last four games. Geoff Sanderson has points in four of his last five games. 

AVALANCHE TO WATCH: Paul Stastny leads the Avalanche in scoring with 25 points but is particularly dangerous at home. 20 of his 25 points have come on home ice, including six multi-point games. He's also a league-best +13 at home... Peter Budaj has started each of the three games this season against Edmonton and has a 3-0-0 record with a 2.27 goals-against average. In his career, he's 7-1-2 versus the Oilers with a 2.64 GAA.

ROSTER UPDATES: Edmonton – Dick Tarnstrom (concussion) is out. Sheldon Souray (shoulder) is out. Ethan Moreau (foot) is out. Matt Greene (ankle) is out. Fernando Pisani (colitis) is out; Colorado – Jordan Leopold (wrist) is out. Ian Laperriere (knee) is out.

FAST FACTS: Colorado has the best home record in the league at 9-2-0 (.818), tied with Detroit in winning percentage... Hemsky and Horcoff lead the Oilers with five multiple point games apiece... Andrew Cogliano continues to impress in his rookie season with points in five of his last nine games (2g, 4a). He's third in NHL rookie scoring, two points behind Chicago's Jonathan Toews... Avalanche head coach Joel Quenneville has 99 wins in his coaching career with the team. Next win he gets, he will become only the fourth coach in franchise history to record 100 wins with the team. In his entire NHL coaching career, he has 406 wins.

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edmontonoilers.com From the Wire

After struggling for the better part of the season, the Edmonton Oilers have finally strung together a few wins. It's been quite the opposite for the Colorado Avalanche.

The Oilers and the Avalanche will meet for the second time in seven days on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.

Edmonton (10-13-1) has won two straight and five of its last eight following a dismal 5-10-1 start. The Oilers seek their first three-game winning streak since last Dec. 4-8.

They split a season-long six-game homestand with a 3-1 victory over Columbus on Monday. It was Edmonton's first regulation win since beating Calgary on Nov. 10 as each of the team's previous three victories came in a shootout.

"It was a good feeling to get one in regulation," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "We're not doing anything the easy way. It would have been nice to win a couple games at the beginning of the homestand and give ourselves a chance to put something together. But it was nice to recover and get to .500 during this stretch."

On Monday, rookie Andrew Cogliano's third-period tiebreaking goal proved to be the game-winner for the Oilers, who will play away from Rexall Place for the first time since a Nov. 14 win at Vancouver.

"It was a solid team effort," said Cogliano, who has 14 points. "To get a regulation win and go on the road with two wins under our belt is big for our team. As of now we are pretty confident."

Edmonton has won its last two road games, but hasn't won three straight as a visitor since Nov. 13-Dec. 8, 2006. It might reach that mark against Colorado (12-9-1) after winning four of its last six visits to the Pepsi Center.

The Oilers, though, have dropped all three meetings this season and seven of the last nine overall to Colorado, including Thursday's 3-2 defeat in Edmonton.

The Avalanche are 9-2-0 at home, but didn't exhibit that dominance in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Calgary - Colorado's fourth defeat in its last five contests.

"It was a stinker," said coach Joel Quenneville, who is one win shy of 100 with the Avalanche. "We needed to be good in a lot of areas to beat that team and we weren't."

Colorado extended its struggles on the power play, failing in all four chances to fall to 0-for-24 in its last five games. The Avs have converted just 13.2 percent (14-for-106) of their power-play chances - better than only Edmonton, which is last in the NHL with a 10.9 percentage (11-for-101).

"The way we lost and the way we came out and played is unacceptable," said Joe Sakic, whose goal in the third period ended a personal 11-game drought. "It was just an embarrassing performance for us."

The Avalanche, who haven't lost consecutive games at home since Feb. 1-3, seek their 500th regular-season victory since the franchise moved from Quebec to Colorado for the 1995-96 season.

2007-2008 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 28 '08 EDM 4 at COL 5 - SO J. Sakic
Mar 22 '08 COL 5 at EDM 7 S. Gagner
Mar 13 '08 EDM 1 at COL 5 J. Hlinka
Feb 24 '08 COL 2 at EDM 3 A. Cogliano
Nov 28 '07 EDM 2 at COL 4 J. Sakic
Nov 22 '07 COL 3 at EDM 2 M. Svatos
Nov 07 '07 EDM 3 at COL 4 - SO M. Svatos
Oct 23 '07 COL 4 at EDM 2 W. Wolski