Tonight the Colorado Avalanche journey to Edmonton, Alberta to face the Oilers with stop number two on their Canadian road trip. After a disappointing loss in Vancouver on Wednesday the Avalanche look to gain some more ground in the West tonight against a struggling Oiler team.
Edmonton is currently sitting at 14th in the Western Conference with a dismal 50 points. Colorado should take the opportunity tonight to attain an easy two points and help their fight in securing a playoff spot. The problem that the Avs are facing though, is that they seem to play to ability of their opponents. A perfect example of this can be seen in last week’s game versus the Carolina Hurricanes. Boasting the worst record in the East, it took an extra frame to put the ‘Canes away. Tonight the Avalanche are going to be on unfriendly ice and if they play “down” to Edmonton’s ways, the Avs could very well be watching their playoff chances dwindle away.
Currently sitting 5 points out of the last playoff spot, the Avalanche have showed little consistency as of late. Heading into the All-Star break all of the momentum seemed to be siding with Colorado. After the break though, the Avalanche have had trouble regaining their winning composure.
Colorado had an eight-game home winning streak and had won nine of ten at Pepsi Center in the month of December. The Avs definitely showed some consistency in that stretch becoming unbeatable at home. Lately the Avs have struggled to start any momentum at any time.
For the first couple of weeks in February, the Avs were playing some great hockey but not getting any lucky breaks. With a treacherous month of March staring the Avalanche in the face, they need to cash-in on each and every opportunity they can right now. The problem is, they haven’t.
Some roster moves to note: Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins and forward Mark Olver got called up yesterday and will be on the roster tonight. Tyson Barrie got reassigned to Lake Erie and T.J. Galiardi has been placed on injured reserve. Matt Duchene is with the team in Edmonton but is considered a game time decision (stay posted to “The Hub” for current and late breaking news).
Edmonton will make for a great starting place for the Avalanche to regain some momentum. Hopefully the Avalanche can come out, start strong and keep the pedal to the metal the entire contest. The last time the Avalanche did that was against the Blackhawks and we remember how that turned out. If Colorado can play with that same intensity for 60 minutes, look for the Avs to come out of Edmonton with two-points.
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