Dec 19, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Edmonton Oilers right wing Ales Hemsky (83) and left wing Ryan Smyth (94) attempt a shot on Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) while being defended by defenseman Andre Benoit (61) and defenseman Cory Sarich (16) in the third period at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche defeated the Oilers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers vs Colorado Avalanche Game Preview


The Edmonton Oilers continue their season ending homestand with a chance to extend their current winning streak to 3 games.

avalanche logo(50-21-7, 107 points) 2nd Central Division

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oilers logo(28-42-9, 65 points) 7th Pacific Division

7:30 PM

REXALL PLACE

TV:  Rogers Sportsnet;  RADIO:  630 CHED

 

MATCHUP HISTORY

The Oilers had one of their most dominant games of the season against the Avs, taking an 8-2 win on home ice in early December, but that was favor was returned just before Christmas with Colorado taking a 5-2 win in Denver.  This is the rubber match of the season series.

 

LAST GAMES

Edmonton opened the final homestand of the season with a 4-2 win over the Anahiem Ducks, while the Avalanche finished their home games for the season with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Tyson Barrie, COL – Not a household name by any means, but Barrie is making a name for himself, and might be one before too long. He is just a point behind Erik Johnson for the Avalanche leading scorer among blueliners, despite playing 16 fewer games. He is also 3rd on the team with a +17 rating.

Martin Marincin, EDM – The rookie played a career high 24:19 in Sunday’s win over the Ducks.  He has racked up over 20 minutes in each of the last 5 games and 7 of his last 8.  Injuries to fellow blueliners have advanced his development and given him more responsibility which will help in coming seasons.

 

TOP 3 STORYLINES FOR THE GAME

1. Race For 30- David Perron, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle each scored in Sunday’s win, meaning all 3 are tied for the team lead in goals with 27. Neither Perron nor Hall has had a 30 goal season, while Eberle’s career high of 34 won’t be in jeopardy.

2.  Avs Tune Up – For the Avalanche, their quest for home ice advantage in the seemingly inevitable first round matchup against Chicago continues.  They are 2 points up on the Hawks with a game in hand, so a win in this one would be big for Colorado.

3.  Rookie Coaches – These are two of the most highly touted rookie coaches heading into the season, and while one has had immeasurable success (Patrick Roy) the other has struggled to make his mark (Dallas Eakins).

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