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Avalanche Hosts Oilers in Western Conference Matchup

Colorado and Edmonton meet for the second time this season

by Zach Shapiro / ColoradoAvalanche.com

After three nights off since its last game, the Colorado Avalanche is set for a rematch with the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday, this time at home. The Oilers won 6-2 in the first meeting less than two weeks ago on Nov. 14.

Colorado (13-8-2) enters the game in fourth place in the Central Division and is coming off a 5-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Nazem Kadri recorded his fourth multi-point game of the season with two assists against his former club, and Andre Burakovsky extended his point streak to five games by scoring his sixth goal in that time (11th of the year). The Avs also outshot the Leafs 29-13 in the final two periods but couldn't erase a 4-1 deficit after the first 20 minutes of play.

Edmonton is coming off a 4-3 shootout win at the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. Connor McDavid had an assist to extend his point streak to 11 games and recorded the game-deciding goal in the shootout after converting his attempt in the first round.

Colorado will also host its annual Do All You Can Food Drive. Both canned food and monetary donations will be collected at the entrances of the arena prior to the contest and the first 200 fans to donate will receive a ticket voucher to an upcoming Avalanche game.

Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers

Pepsi Center | Denver, Colo.

Game Time: 8 p.m.
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COLORADO-EDMONTON CONNECTIONS

Avalanche center Tyson Jost is from the Edmonton suburb of St. Albert… Avs forward Cale Makar and Logan O'Connor are from Calgary… Makar played for the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League from 2014-2017… Assistant coach Nolan Pratt is from Fort McMurray, Alberta, and spent part of his childhood in Edmonton... Colorado assistant coach Ray Bennett is from Innisfail, Alberta.

HISTORY

The Avalanche is 77-75-13 all-time against Edmonton, including a 65-44-11 record since moving to Denver in 1995. The Oilers won 6-2 in the last meeting on Nov. 14, the first of three contests between the teams this season. Andre Burakovsky scored both Avs goals that night for his fourth of his seven multi-point outings this year. 

Since 1987-88, Joe Sakic has the most points of any NHL player against the Oilers with 99 (38 goals, 61 assists). Patrick Roy went 24-9-5 against Edmonton as a member of the Avalanche, the most wins for any goaltender against the Oilers from 1995-2003. Gabriel Landeskog leads current Avs in points against the Oilers with 19 (five goals, 14 assists), tallying seven points (two goals, five assists) in three meetings last year. The Avalanche won two of three in the 2018-19 season series, splitting both contests on home ice (1-1-0). 

ROSTER REPORT

The Avalanche reassigned forward A.J. Greer to the AHL Colorado Eagles following Saturday's contest and recalled defenseman Calle Rosen on Sunday… Tyson Jost, who was listed as doubtful before the game against the Maple Leafs, returned to the lineup on Saturday after missing three games with an upper-body injury.

INJURY REPORT

Erik Johnson is questionable to play on Wednesday after suffering a lower-body injury due to a collision into the boards on Saturday against Toronto. Head coach Jared Bednar said after Monday's practice that Johnson was sore and is day-to-day… Mikko Rantanen will miss his 15th game of the season with a lower-body injury but was a full participant in Tuesday's practice and could play against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Avs' home-and-home set on Friday and Saturday… Gabriel Landeskog skated on his own for the first time on Tuesday after missing 12 contests with a lower-body injury… Colin Wilson (lower body) skated on his own before Monday's practice in a red, non-contact jersey… Matt Calvert (head) is progressing after getting hit by a puck in a game against the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 16, but he has yet to start skating again.

SCOUTING THE OILERS

The Oilers (16-7-3) are in first place in the Pacific Division, as they have won three of their last four games and are 4-1-1 in their last six contests. Edmonton has scored 83 goals this year, fourth-most in the league, and has converted 32.4 percent of its power-play chances, second-best in the NHL. The Oilers also have the league's second-best penalty kill, staving off 86.7 percent of man disadvantages.

The story of the team's prolific offense comes from the top of its lineup. Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid rank first and second in the league in scoring, with 48 and 47 points, respectively. 

(OPPOSING) PLAYER TO WATCH: Connor McDavid

In addition to having 47 points (18 goals, 29 assists), McDavid has also been the NHL's most productive player on the power play with 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) on the man advantage. The Oilers captain is averaging 1.81 points per game this year and is on pace to set a new career high in scoring after recording 116 points (41 goals, 75 assists) in 78 games last year (1.49 points per game). 

McDavid scored three goals against the Avalanche in the teams' last meeting, his second hat trick of the season. He also notched three assists on the night, completing the NHL's only six-point game this year and setting a new personal career high in a contest. McDavid has 23 career points in 12 all-time games against Colorado (11 goals, 14 assists), the third-most points by any player against the Avs since 2015-16.

NUMBERS GAME

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The Avalanche has received a multi-point outing from at least one player in its last eight games, dating back to the 9-4 win over the Nashville Predators on Nov. 7. Nazem Kadri is the most recent player to do it with two assists against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

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Erik Johnson has blocked 24 shots on the penalty kill this season, the most in the NHL.

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Cale Makar leads all NHL rookies with 25 points this year (seven goals, 18 assists), recording the second-most by a first-year defenseman in his first 23 games in NHL history (Los Angeles' Larry Murphy, 27, 1980-81). 

NOTEBOOK

This is the Avs second of three meetings with the Oilers this year and the only one that will be played in Denver. The clubs wrap up the season series in Edmonton on March 25… The matchup is the second of a two-game homestand for the Avalanche… Valeri Nichushkin scored his first goal of the season on Saturday against the Maple Leafs, becoming the 18th different Colorado player to tally a goal in 2019-20… Andre Burakovsky is on a season-long, five-game point streak, with his nine points (six goals, nine assists) in that time his most during any five-game stretch of his career… Ian Cole is two assists away from 100 in his career.

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