NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, October 23rd
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (3-3-0-0) at Colorado Avalanche (2-3-0-0), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche try to put the brakes on a two-game
losing streak tonight when they host the Edmonton Oilers at the Pepsi Center.
This is already the second meeting of the season between the two teams, as the
Oilers skated to a 6-3 win back on October 18.
The Avs fell for the third time in four tries on Tuesday night, falling to the
visiting Boston Bruins, 4-1. Alex Tanguay had the lone Colorado tally and
David Aebischer allowed four goals on 34 shot.
However, Colorado might have lost more than just the game, as Paul Kariya,
acquired as a free agent in the offseason after nine seasons in Anaheim,
sprained his right wrist in the loss and will be sidelined indefinitely,
Nothing is broken though.
To help fill the void left by Kariya the Avs pulled off a trade with the
Washington Capitals on Wednesday, acquiring left wing Steve Konowalchuk and a
third round selection in 2004 for forward Bates Battaglia and the rights to
forward Jonas Johansson.
Konowalchuk, 30, has spent his entire 12-year NHL career with the Capitals,
posting 146 goals and 196 assists over 693 games. In six contests this season,
the 6-foot-1 forward has one assist and is a minus-five.
The Oilers, meanwhile, lost for the first time at home on Tuesday, as they
blew a 3-0 lead on their way to a 6-4 loss at the hands of the St. Louis Blues
at Skyreach Centre.
Mike York and Ales Hemsky both scored a goal and assisted on another for the
Oilers, who fell to 3-1 on home ice this season. Jason Smith and Marty
Reasoner each posted a goal in the losing effort.
Hemsky and defensive defenseman Cory Cross had assists on Jason Smith's first-
period goal, giving them each points in three straight games.
Edmonton raced out to a three-goal lead in the first period only to see the
Blues tally five consecutive goals.
Tommy Salo stopped 14-of-19 shots before being replaced by Ty Conklin, who
stopped both shots he faced.
On the milestone watch, Colorado captain Joe Sakic is three assists shy of
tying John Bucyk (613) for 23rd on the all-time list. He is also two goals
away from matching Joe Nieuwendyk for 28th place (512).
The Avs could have the advantage tonight, as the home team in this series is
6-1-2 over the last nine matchups. Edmonton is also winless in its last four
trips to Colorado (0-3-1).
10/23 10:20:03 ET