NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, October 18th (All times eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (2-1-0-0) at Edmonton Oilers (2-2-0-0), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers will try to make it two straight wins this evening when they host the Colorado Avalanche in the second installment of a three-game homestand at Skyreach Centre.
Raffi Torres and Ales Hemsky both notched a goal and an assist and Ty Conklin posted 31 saves, as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1, on Thursday at Skyreach Centre.
Ethan Moreau and Fernando Pisani also scored for the Oilers, who finally produced on offense after being shutout for two straight games.
Moreau's first goal of the campaign, a shorthanded tally from Marty Reasoner at 3:30, opened the scoring for Edmonton, which halted a 125:32 scoreless drought.
The Oilers, who were 0-for-13 on the power play in their last two games, continued their woeful play with the extra skater, going scoreless on six chances in the contest.
Meanwhile, Colorado also enters tonight's tilt on a positive note after Peter Forsberg posted a goal and an assist and Rob Blake added a pair of helpers in the Avalanche's 5-2 pounding of the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.
Andrei Nikolishin, Teemu Selanne, Milan Hejduk and John-Michael Liles also scored for the Avalanche, who have won two of three games to start the season (2-1). David Aebischer turned aside 21 shots in the victory.
Phil Sauve will be making his NHL debut tonight between the pipes tonight for the Avs. The 23-year-old netminder, whose father was an NHL goaltender, spent the last three seasons with Hershey of the American Hockey League, where he was team MVP the last three seasons. In four preseason games with Colorado, Suave posted a 2-0-1 record with a 2.62 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.
On the injury front, Colorado defenseman Martin Skoula missed his second straight game with a bruised foot and is questionable for tonight's affair.
Colorado was 2-2-1 last season against the Oilers and have won the last two matchups. The Avs are also 10-5-3 in the last 18 meetings. However, they have dropped two straight in Edmonton, where they are just 1-4-2 in their last seven trips.
10/18 10:20:22 ET