NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 8th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (50-21-7) at Edmonton Oilers (28-42-9), 9:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Avalanche hope to extend a seven-game point
streak on Tuesday night as they visit the Edmonton Oilers.
The Avalanche had a six-game winning streak snapped with Sunday's 3-2 shootout
loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The point gave Colorado 107 on the season,
two points up on the third-place Chicago Blackhawks in the Central Division
and four back of the first-place St. Louis Blues.
Both the Blues and Avalanche have four games left to play -- St. Louis hosts
the Washington Capitals on Tuesday -- while the idle Blackhawks have three
Ryan O'Reilly and Patrick Bordeleau each potted a third-period goal for the
Avalanche, but Tyson Barrie, O'Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog all failed on
their shootout attempts.
Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves through overtime and stopped James Neal's first-
round attempt, but was then bested by Jussi Jokinen in the second round on a
"We came out in the third and we really wanted to finish strong," Colorado's
Nathan MacKinnon said. "It's just good to get that extra point tonight. We
just gained one on St. Louis."
The Avalanche begin a season-ending four-game road trip, while the Oilers
kicked off their own four-game homestand to end the season with Sunday's 4-2
triumph over the Anaheim Ducks.
Viktor Fasth made 34 saves, while Justin Schultz, Taylor Hall and David Perron
all scored in the second period. Jordan Eberle added an empty-netter for the
Oilers, who sit at the bottom of the Western Conference.
"The guys fought for everything for me today," Fasth said.
Eberle, Hall and Perron all scored their 27th goal of the season and Hall was
named the NHL's First Star for the week on Monday. He led all players with
seven assists and nine points, and has totaled 27 goals and 50 assists this
Varlamov, meanwhile, was named the Second Star, going 3-0-1 with a shutout, a
1.42 goals against average and a .950 save percentage.
The Oilers won their fourth straight game over the Avalanche with an 8-2
victory at home on Dec. 5, with Hall potting a hat trick to go along with an
Varlamov allowed all eight goals on 28 shots in the loss, but he rebounded to
make 27 saves in a 4-2 home win over the Oilers on Dec. 19.
Edmonton has won five of seven and seven of the previous 11 meetings overall,
taking three in a row and eight of the last 11 at home versus Colorado as
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