Game Preview: Avalanche at Oilers

COLORADO AVALANCHE (55-16-6) AT EDMONTON OILERS (45-26-6)
19:00 CET | Rogers Square
CLOCK: HEIGHT 2
LISTEN: 92.5 p.m


Continuing the final extended road trip of the regular season, the Colorado Avalanche head north to Edmonton for one final take on the Oilers. Puck Drop is set for 7:00 PM MT.

Most recently, the Avs lost 3-2 to the Kraken in Seattle. Kal Makar and Arturi Lehkonen were responsible for the two goals Nazem Kadri, JT Compher, Nathan MacKinnon and Valery Nikhushkin all have each posted an assist.

After competing in Edmonton, Colorado meets the Winnipeg Jets on the road before returning to Denver for the last two home games of regular season games.


COLORADO-EDMONTON CONNECTIONS

Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar is an Alberta native 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, Alberta and spent part of his childhood in Edmonton… Avs Assistant Coach Ray Bennett hails from Innisfail, Alberta… Edmonton has two former Avs in its current roster in Tyson Barrie (2011-19) and Derick Brassard (2018-19).


STORY

The Avalanche hold an all-time 80-75-13 record against the Oilers. That includes a 68-45-11 record since moving to Colorado in 1995. The teams have met twice so far this season, with Colorado claiming both wins, one in overtime and one in a penalty shootout.


roster report

Nazem Kadri, who has not played for the Avs since March 31, returned against the Kraken and provided an assist in his first rematch.


Scout out the oilers

Edmonton has won its last three games, two of which have been shutouts. That

The Oilers hold second place in the Pacific Division, eight points behind the first-place Calgary Flames and four ahead of the third-place Los Angeles Kings. They have yet to earn a place in the playoffs.

The Oilers rank third in the league in power play percentage (25.8%) and 20thth in the league on penalties (78.7%).


(MUTUAL) PLAYER TO WATCH: Mike Smith

Goaltender Mike Smith has conceded just two goals in his last three competitions, scoring a shutout in both Nashville and at home against the Vegas Golden Knights.


NUMBERS GAME

27

With 27 goals this season, Cale Makar is the third-most goals by an NHL defenseman since 2002-03

56

Mikko Rantanen is just one assist away from tying his career high with 56 assists. With his assist against Seattle, Nazem Kadri is eight assists short of a career-high 300 assists.

8th

With his assist against Seattle, Nazem Kadri is eight assists short of a career-high 300 assists.


NOTEBOOK

Mikko Rantanen, who has had career-best goals and points this season, is on track to achieve a career-high plus/minus record. His previous best was +30 last season and is currently +38.

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