After last night's unfortunate loss to the Vancouver Canucks, Colorado not only finds its four-game winning streak snapped, but they are no longer alone atop the Northwest Division. With the 4-2 Vancouver victory, both teams are tied for first place in the division (though Colorado holds the tiebreaker due to one more victory on the season).
Colorado lost more than the game last night. Goalie Craig Anderson, less than a week after returning from injury, became injured for the second time in a month on Vancouver ice. Captain Adam Foote, also only back barely a week from a concussion, left the game in the second period with an apparent knee injury. No word yet on the severity of these injuries, but consider both doubtful for tonight's game.
Tonight's opponent, the Edmonton Oilers, find themselves in the midst of another lost season. Wallowing in last place within the Western Conference, they have been victims of poor goaltending and a complete lack of offense. This is the second game of a back-to-back for Colorado, however, so Edmonton will likely find themselves the team with more energy. The greater question will be, can they muster enough offense to take down Colorado? Their leading scorer, defenseman Ryan Whitney, has 17 assists but has yet to tally a single goal.
Tonight's game marks the only scheduled national appearance for Colorado, as the game will be televised on NHL Network. Puck drops at 7pm MDT.
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