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.
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 Duchenevs.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.