NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, November 28th
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (10-13-1) at Colorado Avalanche (12-9-1), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will try to rediscover their
dominating play at home tonight, when they host the Edmonton Oilers in a
Northwest Division clash at the Pepsi Center.
The Avalanche are playing the second of consecutive home games tonight, and
entered Saturday's contest with the Calgary Flames 9-1-0 at home. That record
matched the best home record after 10 games in franchise history in terms of
both points and points percentage.
However, Colorado was whipped 5-2 by the Flames.
Joe Sakic and Brad Richardson scored for the Avalanche, who have dropped four
of their last five games overall. Jose Theodore allowed all five goals on 32
shots en route to his fourth consecutive defeat.
Paul Stastny leads the Avalanche with 25 points this season, with 20 of those
(8 goals, 12 assists) coming in Colorado's 11 home games.
The Avs will hit the road for two straight following tonight's game, beginning
in San Jose on Friday.
Colorado needs just one victory to reach 500 regular season wins since moving
to Denver at the start of the 1995-96 season. The Avs have the fourth best
record in the NHL (499-286-101-38) since the move.
The Oilers have won two straight and wrapped up a season-high six-game
homestand on Monday at 3-3-0 after a 3-1 win over Columbus. Andrew Cogliano's
third-period marker proved to be the game-winner at Rexall Place.
Ales Hemsky scored for the third straight game and Kyle Brodziak also lit the
lamp for the Oilers, who play three of their next four on the road and are
4-6-1 as the visitor.
Dwayne Roloson faced 36 shots in the game, allowing only one goal for the
The Avalanche have won all three of their meetings with the Oilers this
season, with two of those wins coming in Edmonton. Colorado posted a 3-2
shootout win in the first meeting in Denver.
11/28 10:47:05 ET