NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, March 10th (All times eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (35-17-12-5) at Edmonton Oilers (28-27-12-2), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche try to build on Monday's big win in Vancouver when they take the ice tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.
Colorado registered a 9-2 thumping of the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place on Monday. Milan Hejduk posted a hat trick and Joe Sakic added a goal and three assists in the winning effort. Steve Konowalchuk, Darby Hendrickson, Paul Kariya and Steve Moore also scored.
David Aebischer made 16 saves for the Avalanche, who won for the second time in three games and improved to 3-6-2-1 in their last 12 games.
However, the win was marred by an ugly situation involving Vancouver forward Todd Bertuzzi. Moore was knocked unconscious by a Bertuzzi punch and was knocked face first to the ice before leaving on a stretcher.
Bertuzzi has been suspended indefinitely by the league and Moore is currently in a Vancouver Hospital bed with a concussion and a neck fracture.
The Avalanche lead the Northwest Division by three points over the Canucks, while sitting three points back of West-leading Detroit.
Colorado completes its three-game road trip Friday in Phoenix.
On Tuesday, the Avalanche acquired veteran goaltender Tommy Salo from Edmonton to be a backup for David Aebischer. They also dealt defensemen Derek Morris and Keith Ballard to Phoenix for center Chris Gratton and defenseman Ossi Vaananen.
The Oilers, meanwhile, skated to a 1-1 tie with the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome on Tuesday. Shawn Horcoff scored with 10:07 left in the third period to help the Oilers earn a 1-1 deadlock.
Jussi Markkanen made 30 saves for the Oilers, who extended their unbeaten streak to four games (2-0-2).
Colorado has won five of the last seven meetings with the Oilers, but is 2-5-2 in its last nine trips to Edmonton.
03/10 11:08:42 ET