Colorado's Matt Duchene - photo courtesy


Colorado and Edmonton meet at Rexall Place today for a game with huge playoff draft implications.

If you thought the Edmonton Oilers’ roster woes couldn’t get any more Yakety Sax on you, you’re in for a treat.

The Battle Of...Battles.

Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers – Game 72

19 MAR 2011 – 8:00 PM MST / 10:00 EST

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Before we go any further, I think there’s something you ought to see here.  Here are the forwards, courtesy of the Edmonton Oilers

Jones – Cogliano – Eberle
Paajarvi – Reddox – Omark
Giroux – O’Marra – Hartikainen
MacIntyre – VandeVelde – Strudwick

Grab your shovels…

  • Take Edmonton’s current roster troubles – you know, the team without nine regulars in the lineup?  Now take out Colin Fraser, and insert Jason Strudwick.  I’m not quite sure if the Oilers don’t want to be caught dead near OKC trying to pluck another guy from the farm, or if they really feel confident placing Strudwick on the fourth line.  Watch him grab a couple of points tonight and make me eat my hat.

  • Colorado forward Matt Duchene currently leads the Avalanche in scoring with 54 points (22G-32A) in 68 games.
  • Both Oiler goaltenders have had varying levels of success versus Colorado this year.  Tonight, Nikolai Khabibulin will attempt to writhe a win out of a team that hasn’t had a victory in ten games.  The recent memories, they flood back.
  • Speaking of success, Andrew Cogliano has had himself an excellent season series against the Avalanche this year.  Cogs has six points (3G-3A) in four games against Colorado this year.  He’ll likely have an excellent chance to pad those numbers on the first line tonight.
  • THIS GAME HAS HUGE IMPLICATIONS – By huge, we mean vast, and large.  Maybe that’s an overstatement.  The Avalanche are in 29th place in the league with 60 points, while the Oilers are loitering back at 55.  The Senators sit in third with 61.  If the Oilers pull off a March Miracle today and defeat the Avalanche, that would bring them to within three points of Colorado, and that much closer to losing the chance at the number one overall draft pick.

With that in mind, I’d still rather this Oiler squad muster a win against an Avs team that’s wheezing for one themselves.

Enjoy the game, and GOILERS!

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