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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

Conference standings.

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

Devan Dubnyk.

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.