The Edmonton Oilers had their modest 2 game winning streak snapped by the Colorado Avalanche, a playoff bound team that still has an outside shot at the President’s Trophy.
Nathan MacKinnon had 2 assists to cement his probable rookie of the year status to help the Avalanche down the Oilers 4-1.
David Perron had the lone Edmonton goal on the power play, breaking the three-way tie for the Edmonton club’s lead in goal-scoring. He pulled a goal ahead of Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, who were both held off the scoresheet.
In addition to MacKinnon extending his league leading rookie total to 62 points, Erik Johnson and Tyson Barrie each added a goal and an assist. Paul Stastny added a single for the Avalanche, who trail first place Boston by 5 points and the Blues by just 2 points with 3 games to play.
Edmonton remained just a point ahead of Florida for 28th place in the league, and are guaranteed a top 4 draft pick. But with 3 top end prospects, a slide into 29th and guaranteeing the selection one of either Sam Bennett, Aaron Ekblad or Sam Reinhart wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Obviously Ekblad would be the best case scenario for the top-heavy Oilers.
Edmonton hosts the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday evening in their penultimate game of the season.