The Edmonton Oilers have been awful this year, but they've actually been, well, less awful, over the last three games. They ended that awful losing streak by beating the almost-equally terrible Carolina Hurricanes, and then they defeated the surging Philadelphia Flyers 1-0. The Oilers are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Wild, a game in which the Wild scored three third period goals.
This is a HUGE game for the Avalanche. Last time, the Avs defeated Edmonton by an impressive score of 6-0. At the time, Colorado fans were thrilled that the Avs played a 60-minute game against a team that had no business skating with them. Unfortunately, the Avs have stumbled as of late, and now find themselves a little less comfortable in the Western Conference playoff race.
The Avs sit in the sixth spot, two points ahead of Calgary and Nashville, four points ahead of 9th place Detroit. Calgary, however, has played two more games than either Colorado or Nashville.
Vancouver's win today against Boston means the Nucks are four points up on the Avs for the division lead. Calgary is also in action tonight, looking to extend their win streak to three games.
Colorado gave themselves room to stumble with that six game win streak, but they're slowly running out of wiggle room. They must capitalize against the league's 30th rank club. Edmonton has won just seven games on the road this year, and since it's Mike Ricci Night at the Pepsi Center, the Avs should come out with some energy. Joe Sacco needs get these guys pumped not at the first TV timeout, but before the first puck is dropped.
Anderson-Deslauriers is the goaltending matchup.
To get you excited for tonight's game, YouTube user "zone93" put together this video: