NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, January 16th
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (21-19-3) at Colorado Avalanche (22-21-1), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche will both be
aiming to get out of the basement in the Northwest Division tonight, as the
two clubs square off at the Pepsi Center.
The Oilers and Avalanche each have 45 points on the season, tied for the
fewest in the Northwest. Both clubs trail third-place Minnesota by just two
points, but are 13 back of front-running Calgary.
Edmonton won its first meeting with Colorado this year at home, however the
Avalanche have won the last two clashes, including a 4-1 win in late October
at the Pepsi Center and a 3-2 shootout win in Edmonton in November.
Colorado has won four of six and eight of the last 11 games in the series,
including five straight as the host. The Avalanche haven't lost to the Oilers
in Denver since February 3, 2007.
The Avs were in St. Louis last night and lost their second straight game. T.J.
Oshie recorded a goal and two assists as the Blues downed the Avs, 5-2.
Cody McLeod and Milan Hejduk lit the lamp for the Avalanche, who had won three
straight prior to the back-to-back losses. Peter Budaj gave up four goals on
just 25 shots in defeat, his fourth straight.
Colorado will hope Andrew Raycroft can go tonight despite a calf injury.
Raycroft had won seven straight decisions before a loss to Columbus on Tuesday
and is 9-2-0 with a 2.70 goals against average in 12 game (11 starts) this
Raycroft is 2-1-0 despite a 4.09 GAA in three all-time starts versus the
Oilers, while Budaj is 11-3-2 against them with a 2.44 GAA.
Colorado begins a season-long eight-game homestand tonight. The club has won
five of its last seven as the host and is 13-8-0 at the Pepsi Center this
year. The Avs won't hit the road again until February 7 versus the Blues.
The Oilers were also in action last night and was routed by the Wild, 5-1.
Liam Reddox scored the lone goal for the Oilers off assists from Dustin Penner
and Denis Grebeshkov.
Dwayne Roloson allowed a season-high tying five goals on 24 shots faced. It
marked the third time he has yielded five goals in a game this year. Roloson
had allowed three goals or fewer in each of his last six starts, going 4-2-0
in that span.
Roloson hasn't started on back-to-back nights since December 16-17, meaning
Mathieu Garon could get the start tonight. Garon has lost his last three
starts and is 5-4-0 with a 3.28 GAA lifetime versus the Avs, while Roloson is
11-14-3 with two ties and a 3.49 GAA against them.
Edmonton has split the first two tests of a three-game road trip that ends
tonight. The Oilers are 12-11-0 on the road this season and begin a five-game
homestand versus Phoenix on Sunday.
01/16 10:44:46 ET