Edmonton Oilers Look for Three in a Row Against Colorado

The Edmonton Oilers are in for another tough match-up Wednesday, as they prepare to take on the Colorado Avalanche.

Coming off a strong 5-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton has seemingly found its rhythm and key to winning. If they want to keep up the hot streak against the Avalanche, there are a few things the Oilers need to keep in mind.

Projected Lines

First off, here are the projected lines prior to Wednesday’s game, and things aren’t changing too much.

Forwards:

Milan Lucic-Connor McDavid-Jesse Puljujarvi

Patrick Maroon-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-Jordan Eberle

Anton Slepyshev-Leon Draisaitl-Zack Kassian

Matt Hendricks-Drake Caggiula-Tyler Pitlick

Extra: Benoit Pouliot, Mark Letestu

Defense:

Oscar Klefbom-Adam Larsson

Andrej Sekera-Kris Russell

Darnell Nurse-Matthew Benning

Extra: Eric Gryba

Goalies:

Cam Talbot will get the nod for the Oilers, and Semyon Varlamov will likely start between the pipes for Colorado.

Keys to Victory

Thankfully for Edmonton, Colorado presents a lot of weaknesses in their play that they can capitalize on. As always, an early start is vital. Given the Avalanche give up nearly three goals per game, Edmonton can definitely get pucks on net and get something through.

As for the power-play, the Oilers have a great one, with Drasiaitl and McDavid providing fire-power on the man advantage. They must make use of it against the Avalanche, who have the sixth-worst penalty kill in the league. Also, with their power-play unit working of late, Edmonton should be able to make plays and take their time.

In addition to the PP, the penalty kill will also be vital for the Oilers. Colorado has 17.2 percent success on the man advantage, and can also be lethal when given too much space. Accordingly, the Oilers need to shut them down and block shots, as well as maintain possession and keep the puck out of the zone. By the same token, they should stay out of the box as well.

Players to Watch

Edmonton Oilers @ Colorado Avalanche
Matt Duchene vs. Leon Draisaitl

The match-up Wednesday focuses on Leon Draisaitl and Matt Duchene. Both are incredibly dangerous forwards who also have plenty of tricks up their sleeves.

The puck drops at 8 p.m. MT at Pepsi Centre in Denver.

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