The Edmonton Oilers haven’t experienced much success since a
lopsided victory over the Colorado Avalanche earlier this month,
and a lackluster power play hasn’t helped.
The Avalanche have also had some significant issues with that
unit of late and will try to solve their struggles while snapping a
four-game skid to the Oilers on Thursday night.
Edmonton (11-22-3) is 1-4-1 since its 8-2 victory over Colorado
on Dec. 5 and is on the verge of matching its longest skid of the
season after a 3-0 loss at Los Angeles on Tuesday. The Oilers have
been outscored 14-4 during their four consecutive defeats and gone
0 for 9 on the power play.
“The last few games, we’ve been playing really good defensive
teams. (Colorado) is good at keeping the puck out of the net too,”
forward Jordan Eberle said. “Anytime a team beats you like we did
to them, you want to come back with a good response, especially in
your own building. We expect a different game for sure. For us,
we’ve lost four in a row now. We’ve got to get back on track.”
Edmonton is also 1 for 18 with a man advantage in its last six
games and will seek to avoid its fourth five-game losing streak of
the season when it heads into Colorado. The Oilers have also been
outscored 10-2 during three consecutive road defeats.
“We’ve just got to expect more from ourselves,” forward David
Perron said. “We can’t just wait for bounces to happen. … It’s
about working hard, and when you do that, everything happens the
The Avalanche (22-10-1), meanwhile, are 1 for 37 with a man
advantage since Nov. 23 and snapped an 11-game streak without a
power-play goal in a 3-2 loss at Dallas on Tuesday. Colorado
allowed the tiebreaking goal with 2:52 remaining after beating the
Stars 6-2 at home Monday.
“I think we’re getting there. I think our power play is getting
the momentum that we so badly need from it,” captain Gabriel
Landeskog said. “Once we get one, we know we can get more from
The Avalanche, 3-4-1 this month, have been outscored 22-7 in
their last four games against Edmonton, including two at the Pepsi
The Oilers scored three goals in the opening period in the Dec.
5 victory and four in the final 12 minutes. Taylor Hall recorded
his fourth career hat trick and an assist in the win.
“We obviously want to change our record against them,” Colorado
forward Matt Duchene said. “We made it too easy on them (in the
loss earlier this month). We gave them the puck too much. If we
play our style of hockey and we play our A game, it’ll give us our
best chance to win.”
Duchene has three goals and four assists in his last four games
but he has only one assist in his past three versus Edmonton. P.A.
Parenteau has five goals and one assist in his last seven
Hall’s nine career goals and 19 points against Colorado are his
most versus any opponent. He has four goals and six assists during
the four-game win streak in the series.
Eberle has four goals and three assists during that run, and 13
points (seven goals, six assists) in his last 10 matchups. Ales
Hemsky has four goals and four assists during a five-game point
streak against the Avalanche.