It’s been a tough year for the Colorado Avalanche, and the Edmonton Oilers are hoping to add to their misery when the two teams clash Thursday night in Denver.
The Avalanche are last in the NHL with just 20 wins in 72 games.
“Show up and have pride in the way you approach the game regardless of where the opponent is in the standings,” said head coach Todd McLellan. “This is a team that might, and possibly could, get in our way if we don’t play them well.”
The Oilers are hoping to get in the win column after falling 4-3 in Anaheim on Wednesday. They trail the Ducks by two points for second place in the Pacific Division.
Cam Talbot will start in net after getting pulled in the second period in Anaheim. He allowed four goals on 18 shots.
On the blue line, it’s expected Matthew Benning will replace Eric Gryba.
This the first half of a home-and-home between the teams. They’ll meet again Saturday at Rogers Place.
Catch the Oilers and Avs on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 5:30pm. The game starts at 7pm. (jrw)