NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, October 23rd
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (4-1-0) at Colorado Avalanche (3-3-0), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers will try to rebound from their first
loss of the season, as they visit the Colorado Avalanche tonight at the Pepsi
Edmonton opened up the season with four straight wins, its best start since
beginning the 1985-86 season with five consecutive victories. However, the
season-opening burst came to an end Wednesday night after a 3-0 setback to the
The Oilers failed to get any of their 23 shots by Chicago netminder Nikolai
Khabibulin and Edmonton managed just five shots in the final period. The loss
came in the opener of a three-game road trip that concludes in Vancouver on
Dwayne Roloson stopped 27-of-30 shots in the loss for Edmonton.
However, it was Mathieu Garon who was in net when the Oilers knocked off the
Avalanche, 3-2, at home in the first meeting between the clubs back on October
12. Edmonton won that game on Dustin Penner's tip-in with 5.4 seconds left in
regulation, while Garon stopped 31 shots.
The Avalanche won six of the eight meetings last year, including all four at
Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk both scored versus the Oilers, and Hejduk played a
role in the Avalanche's 4-3 victory over Los Angeles on Monday. Hejduk and
David Jones scored 75 seconds apart in the second period and Ryan Smyth added
two goals in the win over the Kings.
The win was the third in a row for the Avs after beginning the season with
three straight losses.
Hejduk has a goal in five of Colorado's six games this year, notching four
tallies in his last three games. Paul Stastny added two assists on Monday and
his six-game assist streak to start the season is a franchise record.
Stastny's six-game point streak is the longest to start a season by a Colorado
player since Sakic opened up the 1999-2000 season with points in eight
Peter Budaj made 26 saves to win for the first time this season for Colorado.
Budaj, who has a 4.03 goals-against average, was in net for the Avs' first
three games before giving way to Andrew Raycroft in the previous two contests.
Raycroft allowed six goals total in winning his two starts.
Budaj stopped 16 shots in the loss to Edmonton earlier this season.
10/23 10:49:09 ET