Well the Oilers had a rough weekend, thanks mostly from the flu that’s been ravaging its way through the team. The weakened Oilers lost on Saturday 5-2 to the Calgary Flames and were blanked 2-0 against the Canucks on Sunday. The Avalanche, meanwhile, have been rolling along since the season started. They’ve only lost once in regulation time and are 8-1-2 to start the season. Their last game was against Detroit on Saturday, which was a 3-1 win. They’ve been riding on the spectacular goaltending of Craig Anderson, who has started all 11 of the Avalanche’s games so far this season and should get the start for Tueday night’s game versus the Oilers as well.
Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up
Penner — Gagner — Hemsky
Comrie — Horcoff — O’Sullivan
Jacques — Brule — Nilsson
Moreau —Cogliano — Stortini
Gilbert — Grebeshkov
Smid — Visnovsky
Strudwick — Chorney
Colorado Avalanche Projected Line-Up
A few updates from Oilers Nation:
- Comrie returns to the line up tonight.
- Pisani is skating again and could be back as early as Thursday, and more likely Saturday’s game in Boston.
- Activating Pisani will put the team over the salary cap, so they will need to put Souray on the LTIR.
1st period summary
Colorado: 25 seconds in Hejduk scores, assisted by Hannan.
- 25 seconds in and Colorado scores. Hejduk from Hannan.
- Cogliano leaves the ice after a hit from behind, no call…
- Scrum resuls in 4 on 4, Smid takes an penalty and Oilers kill off the 4 on 3
- Cogliano has returned to the ice.
- Quinn needs to start fining players who lose the puck in our own zone.
- Another give away in our slot, tape-to-tape Grebeshkov to Statsny. Bulin makes the stop.
- Feeling sorry for Racki for paying to see the game.
2nd period summary
- Good start, but short handed early after thinking we were going to get our first PP.
- PK’s looking good tonight.
- Oilers are getting more chances so far this period. Looking better.
- Brule had a great chance on a quick counter off of a shot to our post.
- Very brief overlap of a 2 man advantage on a dangerous looking powerplay, but all to no avail.
- Good energy and getting pucks to the net. Hopefully it carries into the 3rd and we get one or two by Anderson.
3rd period summary
- Oilers getting some chances early. Not very physical, but still getting some quality chances.
- Colorado gets away with a trip on Penner.
- Big save and the rebound is cleared by Smid while Bulin’s piled upon.
- Grebs pinches, puck squirts through and Wolski makes a nice play to the net to make it 2 – 0. Assisted by Hedjuk.
- Oilers come back with a good shift with a few shots on net.
- Another game of too little too late with the urgency kicking in.
- Cogs in the 1st, now Chorney gets to kiss the boards. Once again no call.
- 4 on 4 Oilers pull the goalie, and a goal is awarded for a hook on the breakaway. 3 – 0 Colorado.
- Late penalty by Colorado is killed off, game over…
Colorado: 9:34 – Wolski, assists to Hejduk and Statsny
Colorado: 18:13 – Wolski, unassisted
Brule looked to be flying around, so the flu must be gone. Bulin played well. PK was 100% on the night.
Overall lack of intensity for most of the night, Avs PK went 100% as well, more defensive zone woes, another goose egg on the board…
Went to the game tonight, the crowd was barely in it. The team was pretty flat tonight, aside from Khabibulin who was thrown to the wolves by his team. There were a few occasions such as the play that was reviewed where I had no idea how the hell the puck stayed out. Khabibulin had a force field up. The Oilers can’t stick to Quinn’s usual gameplan because of sickbay being overpopulated, however they have to figure something out. All things considered, they’re not in that much trouble, but that spectacular start has fallen flat because of all the flu/injuries right now. Old news for this team, however.