It wasn't a very good showing at home for the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-0 loss on Wednesday night against the Vancouver Canucks, but the Avs get a few days to rest up before returning to the Pepsi Center to host the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday afternoon. Truth be told, the Avs haven't been very good at home all season long, with a disappointing 3-8-0 record at the Pepsi Center this season, but perhaps they can start to turn that around against an Oilers team that hasn't been all that great on the road (4-6-1).
The staff over at SB Nation's Colorado Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey, put each team into the context of the broader NHL picture heading into this matchup:
Edmonton Oilers (21 games played, 11-8-2, 24 points)
- Goals For: 2.7 (17th)
- Goals Against: 2.3 (10th)
- Power Play %: 22.1 (5th)
- Penalty Kill %: 86.5 (7th)
This Week: The Oilers have a nice little division double dip roadie Friday at Minnesota and Saturday at Colorado to finish up a 4-game road swing (1-1-0 so far) before returning home for a rematch of last week's beatdown of Nashville Monday night and another Wild throwdown between two overachieving teams Wednesday. Yay.
Colorado Avalanche (22 games played, 9-12-1, 19 points)
- Goals For: 2.4 (24th)
- Goals Against: 3.1 (23rd)
- Power Play %: 24.3 (2nd)
- Penalty Kill %: 78.4 (25th)
This Week: Sigh. I don't even care who we play anymore just so long as we bring home a W or four. Edmonton Saturday, Dallas Monday, New Jersey Wednesday (okay, I do care. Larssonnnnnn!). Please win. Please.
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