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GAME: Edmonton Oilers (3-5-1) at Colorado Avalanche (3-4-1).

TIME: Tuesday, 9 p.m. EDT.

It's just three weeks into the season, but the reeling Edmonton Oilers are already feeling a sense of urgency.

Trying to avenge an embarrassing loss in their last outing, the Oilers will try to end a six-game slide when they play the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.

Edmonton started the season with a three-game winning streak, but have lost six in a row since including a 7-1 loss Friday to the Avalanche.

"We were embarrassed," Edmonton's Ryan Smyth said. "We need to simplify things and get back to the basics of hockey. "We've got to stop the bleeding."

Smyth made his return to the lineup after missing six games with a sprained knee ligament but did not score. He has 13 goals, including seven power-play tallies, and 19 assists in 46 career games versus Colorado.

Besides the loss of one of their best offensive players, the Oilers have also struggled on special teams. Edmonton is just 2-for-37 on the power play during the losing skid after scoring five goals in 22 chances with the man advantage in the first three games.

Milan Hedjuk made his season debut in Friday's rout of the Oilers, recording two goals and an assist. He has 12 goals and 17 assists in 34 career games versus Edmonton.

Colorado is coming off a 6-4 loss Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks. The Avs trailed 5-1 before Brad May, Patrice Brisebois and Alex Tanguay scored 99 seconds apart in the third period to draw within one before losing for the fourth time in five games.

The Avalanche are 5-1-1 in their last seven home games against the Oilers.

STANDINGS: Oilers - 7 points, 4th place (tied), 8 PB, Northwest Division. Avalanche - 7 points, 4th place (tied), 8 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Oilers - Raffi Torres, 4 goals; Jarret Stoll and Ales Hemsky, 5 assists; Shawn Horcoff and Stoll, 6 points; Ethan Moreau, 18 PIM. Avalanche - Marek Svatos, 5 goals; Tanguay, 8 assists; John-Michael Liles, 11 points; Ian Laperriere, 24 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 23): Oilers - Power play: 13.5 percent (8 for 59), 23rd in NHL. Penalty killing: 78.6 percent (48 for 61), 25th. Avalanche - Power play: 24.0 percent (13 for 54) 4th. Penalty killing: 85.1 percent (46 for 54), 10th.

GOALTENDERS: Oilers - Jussi Markkanen (2-4-1, 0 SO, 2.87 GAA); Michael Morrison (no record). Avalanche - David Aebischer (2-3-0, 0, 3.64); Peter Budaj (1-1-1, 0, 2.93).

SEASON SERIES: tied, 1-1.

LAST MEETING: Friday; Avalanche, 7-1. At Edmonton, Alberta, Hedjuk had two goals and an assist in his season debut for Colorado.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Oilers - 1-3-0 on the road; Avalanche - 1-2-1 at home.

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