NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, February 24th (All times eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (31-25-6) at Edmonton Oilers (27-30-5), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Now that their five-game losing streak is over the Colorado Avalanche will try to make it two wins in a row when they visit the lowly Edmonton Oilers tonight at Rexall Place.
The Avalanche had dropped five consecutive contests before dealing Phoenix a close loss in the desert on Friday night. Cody McLeod scored the game-winner in the 12th round of the shootout, sending Colorado over Phoenix, 3-2.
The first 10 shooters on both clubs failed to score, then Tyler Arnason for Colorado and Joel Perreault for Phoenix tallied in the sixth round. John- Michael Liles and Mike York countered in the eighth series to prolong the shootout.
McLeod followed to begin the 12th round by beating Mikael Tellqvist with a wrister. Keith Yandle could have equalized for the Coyotes, but shot high and wide to end the game.
Paul Stastny and Marek Svatos scored for the Avalanche, while Jose Theodore stopped 27 shots in regulation and 10-of-12 shootout tries to earn the win.
Stastny was activated from injured reserve prior to the game after missing the last 15 contests recovering from an appendectomy. Despite the lengthy absence, Stastny still leads Colorado this season with 50 points (18 goals, 32 assists).
Also, captain Joe Sakic, out since November 30 because of a groin injury that required hernia surgery in late December, has returned to practice and should return sometime during this road trip. He is considered day-to-day and has seven goals and 15 assists in 24 games this year.
Tonight's contest marks the third stop on a five-game road trip for Colorado, which is just 13-14-4 as the visiting club this year. The Avs have won seven of their last 10 games on the road.
The Oilers, meanwhile, are second from the bottom in the Western Conference with 59 points and have lost three straight games.
The latest setback came Friday evening in Dallas, as the Stars clubbed Edmonton, 5-2, at American Airlines Center behind two goals from Jere Lehtinen and a goal and an assist from Brenden Morrow.
Dustin Penner and Curtis Glencross scored the goals for the Oilers. Mathieu Garon took the loss, allowing three goals on 28 shots through two periods. Dwayne Roloson stopped 10-of-11 shots in 20 minutes of relief.
The Oilers are 15-14-1 as the host this season and are kicking off a five-game homestand tonight. Edmonton has won its last three contests on home ice.
Colorado is 4-0 against the Oilers this season and has won five of six and eight of the last 10 in the series.
02/24 10:53:52 ET