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5 Things Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers

Giguere’s Last Game?

Unless the Colorado Avalanche have nothing to play for in their final game of the year in Anaheim against the Ducks, this might be Jean-Sebestian Giguere’s last NHL game. He got off to a good start this year, giving up just five goals in his first five games, but since then things have been pretty rough. In his last start, he gave up five goals and took a costly penalty. The writing is already on the wall for Giguere in Denver as the Avs brought in Reto Berra to be the back-up next season He’s had back trouble for most of the season and has hinted at retirement. If this is the last game of Giggy’s career, you know he’ll want to give his best performance.

Containing Taylor Hall

Taylor Hall is a really good player. Against the Avs, Taylor Hall is nearly unstoppable. In 15 career games, Hall has 10 goals and 21 points. That’s more goals and points than he has against any other team. In two games this year, he has four goals and six points. He’s been on a roll this week as well, racking up nine points in four games and being named the NHL’s First Star of the Week. The Oilers have a lot of talent up front, but Hall is the best of the bunch and constantly proves it against the Avs. Erik Johnson and Jan Hejda will have their work cut out for them.

The Final Week

It’s the final week of the regular season of the Avs. They’ve already clinched a playoff spot and seeding hasn’t been decided, but above all else the Avs need to make sure that they are sharp and playing hard heading into the playoffs. The team has worked hard all season and now is the time to stick with what has been working, eliminate any kinds of mistakes, and take care of business. The Oilers don’t have anything to play for, but you know they’re going to play hard. The Avs are the better team and need to get start this road trip strong heading into the playoffs.

Oiler Success

Even though the Oilers have been at the bottom of the standings for years now, they are 11-4-4 and have outscored the Avs 65-42 in their last 17 meetings. The Avs inability to defeat the Oilers is a major reason as to why the team hasn’t made the playoffs in the past few years. Even though a playoff spot is already wrapped up, it’d be nice if the Avs could assert their dominance against the lowly Oilers.

Central Race

Right now the Avs sit two points ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks for second place in the division. The Avs own the tiebreaker and have four games remaining while the Blackhawks only have three. There’s also an outside chance that the Avs catch St. Louis for first place. The Blues are four points up on the Avs and have four games remaining. It should be an interesting final week.

 

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