Matt Duchene and P.A. Parenteau are surging for the Colorado
The team’s top scorers will try to help Colorado win its sixth
straight at home Tuesday night against an Edmonton Oilers club
finishing up a lengthy trip.
Duchene has seven points in his last three games after scoring
his second goal of Sunday’s 3-2 victory over San Jose just before
time expired in overtime. He got his first power-play goal of the
season earlier in the contest.
The center leads Colorado (10-10-4) with 26 points – one more
than Parenteau, who has 10 points during a career-best six-game
The Avalanche are enjoying their longest home win streak since
an eight-game run last season.
“Everything is within reach now,” coach Joe Sacco told the
Avalanche’s official website. “I like the fact that our team is
coming to form.”
Duchene has six points in three 2013 meetings with Edmonton
(9-11-5) and 11 in nine career home games against the Oilers, who
sit one point behind the Avalanche in the crowded Western
Edmonton is wrapping up a nine-game trip necessitated by the
Canadian men’s curling championship being held at Rexall Place. The
Oilers ended a five-game slide with Sunday’s surprising 6-5 victory
at Chicago, improving to 2-4-2 on the trip.
“We wanted to come on this trip and get nine points, and we have
six now,” captain Shawn Horcoff said. “We win in Colorado and for
all the doom and gloom, we’re not out of it. We have 22 games left
after that game, the majority of them at home.”
Horcoff scored in his return after missing 15 games with a
broken knuckle, but the Oilers have fresh concerns over goalie
Dubnyk left in the second period Sunday after a collision with
teammate Teemu Hartikainen, lying on the ice for several minutes
before he was escorted off.
“We don’t see any signs of head injury,” coach Ralph Krueger
said. “We didn’t see anything but a situation where there was a lot
of risk in putting him back in there.”
Yann Danis replaced Dubnyk and stopped 21 of 24 shots to
preserve the win. Sam Gagner scored twice for Edmonton, which took
a 4-0 lead into first intermission and held on.
“We wanted to respond after the last couple of games and we did
a good job of that in the first,” Gagner said. “We got away from it
a bit in the last two periods, but we were able to hang on to the
win and that’s the important thing.”
Edmonton has won two of three against Colorado, with the home
team taking every matchup. The Avalanche didn’t have Ryan O’Reilly
for any of those games, but the center is back and has four points
in his last three contests.
Colorado is 44 for 47 on the penalty kill at home, including 3
for 3 against Edmonton. The Oilers went 6 for 10 on the power play
in their home wins over the Avalanche, with Jordan Eberle and Ales
Hemsky each scoring twice with the man advantage.