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GAME: Edmonton Oilers (23-26-9-1) at Colorado Avalanche (32-12-10-4).

TIME: Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. EST.

Although the Colorado Avalanche have the most points in the Western Conference, they've been less than dominant on home ice this season.

Colorado looks to avoid going winless in four straight games at the Pepsi Center for the first time in more than a year when it meets the Edmonton Oilers.

The Avs own a two-point advantage over the Central Division-leading Detroit Red Wings for the top spot in the West, but Colorado has struggled lately at home.

Colorado lost 1-0 to Vancouver on Monday to extend its winless streak at the Pepsi Center to three (0-1-1-1). The Avalanche are 16-3-7-3 on the road this season, but and just 16-9-3-1 at home.

Colorado hasn't gone without a victory in four straight home games since an 0-4-1 stretch from Jan. 2-20 of last season.

On Monday, the Avs suffered their first regulation loss in 13 games (7-1-3-2) and saw their lead over the Canucks shrink to four points in the Northwest.

"It was a bad loss for us," Colorado forward Peter Forsberg said. "To lose 1-0 at home, we had a chance to put some points between us."

The Avs will be looking to end their slide at home against an Edmonton team that hasn't won in Colorado since Oct. 18, 2001. The Oilers are 0-5-1 in their last six visits to the Pepsi Center.

Edmonton had a chance to make up some ground in the conference standings Monday, but lost 2-1 to Detroit to remain eight points out of eighth place in the West.

The Oilers are winless in the first three games of their four-game trip, and 0-5-2 in their last seven road contests.

"It adds up to another disappointing loss for a club that can't afford any more," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "We've got to find a way to generate more offense, some more fire in our game and more desperation than we've had."

STANDINGS: Oilers - 56 points, 5th place, 22 PB, Northwest Division. Avalanche - 78 points, 1st place, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Oilers - Raffi Torres, 17 goals; Radek Dvorak, 25 assists; Dvorak and Mike York, 37 points; Georges Laraque, 86 PIM. Avalanche - Milan Hejduk, 26 goals; Alex Tanguay, 44 assists and 65 points; Jim Cummins, 119 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 16): Oilers - Power play: 11.2 percent (28 for 250), 30th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.3 percent (216 for 269), 29th. Avalanche - Power play: 22.6 percent (58 for 257), 2nd. Penalty killing: 85.3 percent (221 for 259), 7th (tied).

GOALTENDERS: Oilers - Tommy Salo (12-16-5, 3 SO, 2.53 GAA); Michael Morrison (no appearances). Avalanche - David Aebischer (25-12-7, 4, 2.01); Phil Sauve (7-4-3, 2.50).

SEASON SERIES: Avalanche, 3-1.

LAST MEETING: Jan. 27; Avalanche, 3-1. At Denver, Forsberg scored twice and Aebischer made 33 saves and assisted on one of Forsberg's goals.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Oilers - 8-14-6-1 on the road; Avalanche - 16-9-3-1 at home.

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