Even with new faces around, it's been more of the same for the Colorado Avalanche: shaky goaltending and poor defense leading to losses. In his first game in net for the Avalanche, recently-acquired Brian Elliott allowed all the goals in a 5-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. He faced 31 shots. Erik Johnson made his debut in front of his new home crowd and spent 26:29 on the ice, a team-high.
Outside of Milan Hejduk's power play goal in the second period, there wasn't much going on for the Avalanche in the game. Edmonton's Dustin Penner had a power play goal in the first, and Taylor Hall had one in the second period. Sam Gagner had the other Edmonton goal of the second period. In the third, the score got out of hand with Jordan Eberle and Kurtis Foster scoring goals in a two-minute time frame.
Devan Dubnyk was a wall in net for Edmonton, stopping 38 of 39 shots.
The Avalanche (26-28-7, 59 points) have not won consecutive games since the middle of January. Since then, they have dropped 13 of their last 15 games. They are off until Saturday, when they host the Los Angeles Kings at 2:00 p.m. MT.