The Edmonton Oilers can tie for the NHL lead in road wins with a victory Wednesday night over the Colorado Avalanche.
The Oilers have six wins away from home. Tampa Bay and Boston both have seven.
“They are quick,” head coach Todd McLellan says of the Avalanche. “I’ve been around Duchene and MacKinnon enough to know how they can dart from spot to spot. They’re a dangerous team offensively. They’re playing well defensively.”
The Oilers have won two straight and are 11-8-1 on the season. The Avs are 9-9-0. McLellan will go with the same lineup that beat Dallas 5-2 on Saturday and Chicago 5-0 on Monday. That means veteran centre Mark Letestu, winger Benoit Pouliot, and defenceman Eric Gryba will be scratched for the third straight game.
“It’s not an easy thing to do,” says McLellan. “We debated deeply today what we’re going to do with our lineup. But I think when you score ten goals and don’t give up any five-on-give, you have to give that group an opportunity to play, and that’s what they’ll get tonight.”
The Oilers expected lineup is:
Lucic – McDavid – Puljujarvi
Maroon – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Slepyshev – Draisaitl – Kassian
Hendricks – Caggiula – Pitlick
Klefbom – Larsson
Sekera – Russell
Nurse – Gryba
The Oilers and Avalanche are on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 6:30pm. The game starts at 8pm. (jrw)