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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Avalanche

by Travis Knee / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers came in having played well against Colorado so far this season. The result was not as positive tonight however, as the Avalanche got out to a 3-0 lead and held on to win the game 3-1.

For the Oilers they have now dropped four of their last five and watch their record fall to 22-29-6 for 50 points on the year.

All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:

With Colorado leading 2-0, the Oilers had a powerplay with a chance to get back into this one but failed to put together much of an attack. Moments later the Avalanche would get their own man-advantage and make no mistake, stretching the lead to 3-0.

50 The faceoff winning percentage for the Oilers overall in tonight's game. They won 27 of 54 draws. It's the second game in a row that the Oilers have won exactly 50 percent of their draws.
3 The win tonight gave the Avalanche 62 points on the season, pulling them to within 3 points of the final playoff spot in the West.
8 The Oilers had 8 minutes of powerplay time including a 4 minute man-advantage in this game but failed to capitalize at all.

Ryan O'Reilly
G A P +/- Shots
0 3 3 +2 3

Gabriel Landeskog
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +2 4

Mark Olver
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +2 2

Semyon Varlamov
27 26 1 60:00 .963

Devan Dubnyk
23 20 3 58:32 .870

  Ryan O'Reilly- F

22:53 - 3 PTS, +2 rating

  Ryan Whitney- D

24:37 - 0 PTS, -2 rating

With Colorado already leading 1-0 in the second period, Avalanche forward Mark Olver would finish off a beautiful passing play. Gabriel Landeskog would carry the puck over the blueline, dishing off to Ryan O'Reilly. O'Reilly would then send a crisp cross-ice feed to Olver for the goal.


Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog showed tonight why Colorado has such high hopes for the former second overall pick. Landeskog would record two points (1G, 1A) in the game, helping the Avalanche pick up an important two points.

Although falling to the Avalanche 3-1 in tonight's game, forward Ryan Jones did his part in providing a spark for his team. Trailing 3-0 late in the 2nd, Jones would win a battle in front of the net and slide home his 13th of the season to get the Oilers on the board.

Oilers forward Jordan Eberle is currently tied for 11th overall in NHL scoring with 55 points in 53 games. Of the 10 players ahead of Jordan, all of them average more ice-time per game than Eberle. One has to wonder what kind of numbers Eberle would have if he played 20 minutes per game.

"I would have rathered not score and win the hockey game."

-- Ryan Jones on his goal tonight and the game's result.

Sunday, February 19  vs. Vancouver
  7:00pm MST (SNET-W / 630 CHED)

The Oilers welcome the Vancouver Canucks to Rexall on Sunday night for the fifth meeting of the season between these Western Conference rivals. Vancouver has taken three of the four meetings so far and the game can be seen live on Sportsnet West.

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