Game preview: Avalanche at the Oilers

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The Colorado Avalanche complete their last straight run of the season tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. The puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT.

Colorado notched its fifth straight win and extended its point streak to seven games (6-0-1) in last night’s overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets. Cale Makar scored the game-winning power-play goal in overtime plus an assist.

Including Makar, five Avalanche players had two points: Nathan MacKinnon (1G, 1A), Mikko Rantanen (2A), Andre Burakovsky (1G, 1A), and Alex Newhook (2A) all contributed with multipoint plays. Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Erik Johnson also scored in regulation time, while Pavel Francouz made 39 saves on 43 shots.

After the back-to-back game concludes, the Avs rest for a few days before starting another back-to-back game at home, first playing the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night and then the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.

Avalanche at the Oilers

Rogers Square | Edmonton


COLORADO-EDMONTON LINKS

avalanche defender Cale Makar is a native of Alberta and played for the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League from 2014-2017… Colorado assistant coach Nolan Pratt is a native of Fort McMurray, Alta., and spent part of from his childhood in Edmonton… AVS assistant coach Ray Bennett hails from Innisfail, Alberta… Edmonton has two former Avs on its current roster in Tyson Barrie (2011-19) and Derick Brassard (2018- 19).


THE STORY

Colorado is 79-75-13 against Edmonton all-time, including a 67-45-11 record since joining Colorado in 1995.

This will be the second game between the two teams this season, with the final meeting taking place on April 22.


LIST REPORT

Defender Bowen Byramwho until this week hadn’t played for the Avalanche since Jan. 10, picked up his first points since returning against Winnipeg, assisting in the 5-4 overtime win.


INJURY REPORT

Captain Gabriel Landeskog remains absent after undergoing knee surgery. Nazem Kadri is sidelined, but “it’s coming along, I feel better,” according to head coach Jared Bednar. Samuel Girard continues to treat a wound but closes in on the action. Ryan Murray rest on a weekly basis.


IN SEARCH OF OILERS

Edmonton currently boasts a six-game winning streak, having played three games on the road and three at home in that span. The Oilers are second in the Pacific Division, six points (89) behind No. 1 Calgary (95), with an overall record of 42-25-5.

The Oilers rank fourth in the league in power play percentage (25.7%) and 21st in the league shorthanded (77.5%).


(OPPONENT) PLAYER TO WATCH: Leon Draisaitl

Center Leon Draisaitl is the Oilers’ second-leading points leader behind only Connor McDavid (108), who leads the entire NHL in points. Draisaitl ranks third in the league in total points, with 101 (50G, 51A) this season.


NUMBERS GAME

6

Cale Makar scored his sixth game-winning goal of the year, tying Victor Hedman for the NHL’s leading defenseman and is one shy of the franchise record in a season.

51

The Avs are one game away from tying their most single-season wins in franchise history (52 wins), which they accomplished in the 2013-14 and 2000-01 campaigns.

20

Andre Burakovsky tied his career high for most goals in a season with 20 goals. He is also the sixth Avalanche skater to reach 20 goals this season.


NOTEBOOK

The Colorado Avalanche improved to 12-4-1 in straight games and 6-3-0 in the first straight game… Cale Makar had 52 assists this season, tying Ray Bourque for the second most assists by a defenseman in Avalanche history… Nicolas Aube-Kubel scored his ninth goal of the season, extending his career high for goals and points (17). He’s scored two goals in Colorado’s last three games… MacKinnon scored his 25th goal of the season and now has three goals in his last two games… In addition to his goal, Burakovsky extended his scoring streak to four games where he has totaled six points (2G, 4A) in this period.

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