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Colorado Opens Homestand Against Edmonton

It is the Avs final home stay of the 2018-19 regular season

by ColoradoAvalanche.com / Official website of the Avs

The Colorado Avalanche returns home for its final homestand of the regular season, beginning with a matchup against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center.

The outing opens a two-game home stay that concludes Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets. The Avs play their regular-season finale on the road on Saturday at San Jose.

Tuesday's meeting closes out the three-game season series between Colorado and Edmonton. The clubs split the first two meetings with each team holding serve on the road.

Last Time Out

The Avalanche erased a two-goal deficit to force overtime, but fell to the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in a shootout on Monday night. Gabriel Landeskog and Alexander Kerfoot each scored in the third period for Colorado, while Philipp Grubauer finished with 25 saves, including 14 in the first period to keep the Avs within a goal.

Edmonton enters Tuesday's contest coming off a 3-1 road loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night. The Oilers were officially eliminated from playoff contention earlier in the night when Colorado earned a point against St. Louis. Connor McDavid scored in the second period to bring Edmonton within a tally, but a Golden Knights empty-net goal late in the third sealed the win.

Last Time They Met

Edmonton raced out to a 4-0 lead and left Pepsi Center with a 6-4 win over the Avalanche on Dec. 11. Gabriel Landeskog (two goals, two assists) and Mikko Rantanen (one goal, three assists) each had four-point nights for Colorado, while Edmonton was paced by three-point outings by Leon Draisaitl (one goal, two assists) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (two goals, one assist). The Avalanche outshot the Oilers 43-26, including a 16-4 margin in the final frame as the Avs efforted a third-period comeback.

What to Watch

Third Period Scoring

The Avalanche scored two goals in the third period against St. Louis and have now scored 100 goals in the final frame of regulation this season, a single-season Avalanche record (since 1995-96). Colorado ranks fourth in the league in third-period scoring, paced by Gabriel Landeskog, who scored his league-leading 20th goal in the third stanza Monday night.

Power Play

Both Colorado and Edmonton enter Tuesday's matchup with power-play units that rank in the top 10 in the NHL. The Avalanche is 62-for-277 (22.4 percent) and ranks seventh in the league. The Avs are 5-for-15 (33.3 percent) over their last five outings and are 11-0-0 when notching more than one man-advantage tally in a game. Edmonton is 46-for-217 (21.2 percent) with an extra man in 2018-19 and was 2-for-3 against Colorado the last time the teams met.

Player to Watch

Colorado: Center Alexander Kerfoot

Kerfoot scored the game-tying goal for the Avs on Monday night to extend his point streak to a career-high five games and has accumulated six points (two goals, four assists) over that stretch.

Edmonton: Center Connor McDavid

The Edmonton captain matched his career best when he tallied the 41st goal of the season Monday night against Vegas. McDavid has 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 10 career games against the Avs.

The Details

Colorado and Edmonton square off at Pepsi Center at 7 p.m. MT, and tickets are still available. The game can be watched live on Altitude TV, and the radio broadcast can be heard on Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM.

The Colorado Avalanche's Danielle Bernstein contributed this story

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