The Oilers hope another epic skid in Colorado tonight. They are now 1-13-1 in their last 15. Absolutely horrid. However the last two games have started to look up for the team. A tough loss in Pittsburgh in which they played a very solid game until the Pens’ Stall line exploited some holes in the team, and a loss against the Sharks where it was just a clear case of being beaten by one of the league’s best teams. There’s not really many ways to positively spin this teams failures as of late, however things have slowly been turning around, it seems. It isn’t helping that this injury/flu bug has continued to hit.
As for the Avalanche, they are currently on a 3-game winning streak with wins over the Sabres, Flames and Devils. The Avalanche are 10-5-0 in the last 15 games.
I’m not so sure the Oilers can overcome this one. Pay Per Views are generally duds as well too, so I don’t predict a win tonight. My prediction tonight, both heart/brain, is 3-2 Avalanche.
Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)
(Based on last game’s line up.. I’m sure this will change)
Penner – Potulny – Nilsson
Jacques – Gagner – Cogliano
O’Sullivan – Horcoff – Pisani
Moreau – Pouliot – Stortini
Colorado Avalanche Projected Line-Up (subject to change)
- Stone and Pisani were last minute scratches last game. Pisani had the flu.
- Pouliot has been recalled, so looks like he’ll probably draw in tonight. I’m guessing he’ll just slot in on line 4 where there were currently only 2 players.
- Will update the lines as I hear more.
- Update, Staios is out with concussion symptoms from a hit in the Sharks game where he was elbowed by Marleau on a near breakaway.