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Avs Return Home to Host Oilers on Tuesday

Colorado will play five of its next six games in the Mile High City

by Dan Vatch / ColoradoAvalanche.com

After a four-game Eastern Conference road trip, the Colorado Avalanche (17-8-5) is back in the Mile High City for a clash against the Edmonton Oilers (16-12-2). The Tuesday night matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT and is the second of three regular-season games between the clubs during the 2018-19 campaign.

Colorado holds a 64-43-11 all-time mark against Edmonton since moving to Denver, including a 34-22-3 record at home. Tyson Barrie paces current Avalanche skaters with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 18 games against the Oilers.

The Avs will be at home for five of their next six outings and nine of their next 12.

Last Time Out

Colorado fell 7-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the final contest of a four-game road trip. Nathan MacKinnon scored his 20th goal of the year with assists from Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen. Landeskog now has 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) and has reached the scoresheet in his last four outings. Rantanen extended his league leading point total to 48 (12 goals, 36 assists) with the helper. Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 18 saves and Philip Grubauer stopped 13 shots in a relief appearance. The Avs ended their four-game road stretch capturing four of a possible eight points and currently sit in second place in the Central Division.

On Sunday night, the Oilers prevailed in a 1-0 win against the Pacific Division rival Calgary Flames. Connor McDavid tallied the game winner for Edmonton with assists from Alex Chiasson and Leon Draisaitl. Oilers netminder Mikko Koskinen recorded his third shutout of the season, stopping all 24 Flames shots in the win.

Last Time They Met

The clubs last faced off exactly a month ago on Nov. 11 in Edmonton with the Avs earning a 4-1 win. Colorado grabbed a 4-0 advantage scoring twice in each of the first two periods. Mikko Rantanen, Carl Soderberg and Tyson Barrie each had one goal and one assist and Nathan MacKinnon added a multi-point performance with two helpers. Alexander Kerfoot also scored while Matt Calvert, Samuel Girard and Gabriel Landeskog recorded assists to bring the total to eight Avs skaters with at least a point in the contest. Edmonton scored in the third period with a goal from Ty Rattie. Between the pipes for Colorado, Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves to earn the victory.

What To Watch

Home Cooking

The Avs have been on the road for 19 of their 30 contests this season, the most away games of any team in the league. Tuesday marks the start of a stretch for Colorado that has it playing nine of its next 12 games at Pepsi Center. Since the beginning of 2017-18, Colorado owns a 34-13-5 record on home ice, including a current five-game point streak.

Avs Against the Pacific

Dating back to its last game against the Oilers on Nov. 11, the Avalanche has won its last four outings against Pacific Division opponents. In those contests, the club is averaging 5.00 goals per game while allowing an average of only 2.00 goals against.

Players To Watch

Colorado: Defenseman Tyson Barrie

The defenseman has five multi-point outings in 18 career games against Edmonton, including his last appearance against the Oilers on Nov. 11 when he registered a goal and a helper. Barrie paces Avs blueliners with 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) this season and his 20:47 of average ice time ranks fourth on the team.

Edmonton: Center Connor McDavid

The 21-year-old comes into Tuesday night's clash riding a five-game point streak (three goals, five assists). Since his NHL debut in the 2015-16 season, McDavid ranks second among NHL skaters with 297 points (103 goals, 194 assists). In nine career games against the Avalanche, he has registered 15 points (seven goals, eight assists).

The Details

Tuesday's clash between the Avalanche and Oilers is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT. The game can be watched live locally on Altitude TV or streamed on select devices with the Altitude Now app (in market) or NHL.tv (out of market). The radio broadcast can be heard on Altitude Sports Radio FM 92.5 in the Denver area or online at ColoradoAvalanche.com.

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