|13||COLORADO||+125||Ov 5,-145||+125||Ov 5,-145|
|14||EDMONTON||-145||Un 5,+125||-145||Un 5,+125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-4-0||-1.1||2-4||-1.1||3-3||2.2||27.8||3.5||30.8|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1||2-3||-1||1-2||2.2||35.4||2.6||26.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||12||27||5||9||12||1||3||371||7.3%||39||4||10.3%||44|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6||13||2||4||6||1||2||167||7.8%||16||2||12.5%||20|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||1||7||2||1||2||177||6.2%||18||2||11.1%||18|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||6||16||2||6||7||1||3||183||8.7%||20||2||10.0%||25|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||32||13||12||6||1||1||349||9.2%||56||11||19.6%||52|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||21||6||10||5||0||1||185||11.4%||28||10||35.7%||35|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||6||3||3||1||0||131||9.9%||17||1||5.9%||20|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||18||5||8||5||0||1||168||10.7%||25||7||28.0%||29|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (All Games)||3||2||74||68||91.9%||0||2-0||+2.9||2-0-0||+3||2-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Road Games)||3||2||74||68||91.9%||0||2-0||+2.9||2-0-0||+3||2-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (vs. Division)||2||2||57||51||89.5%||0||2-0||+2.9||2-0-0||+3||2-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Last 4 Games)||3||2||74||68||91.9%||0||2-0||+2.9||2-0-0||+3||2-0|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)||10||10||274||249||90.9%||2||3-7||-4.4||3-7-0||-4||1-7|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Road Games)||4||4||110||96||87.3%||1||0-4||-4||0-4-0||-4||1-3|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (vs. Division)||4||4||110||99||90.0%||1||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||1-3|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||102||92||90.2%||0||1-3||-2.4||1-3-0||-2||0-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2-4-0||-2.3||2-4||-2.3||1-3||2.3||30.8||3.0||32.8|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.4||1-4||-3.4||0-3||1.8||25.6||2.6||33.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||13||29||9||8||9||3||3||350||8.3%||63||14||22.2%||50|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||6||14||5||4||4||1||1||185||7.6%||33||9||27.3%||25|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||3||3||3||0||1||128||7.0%||25||3||12.0%||14|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||5||13||5||4||3||1||2||130||10.0%||21||8||38.1%||21|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||34||9||13||9||3||2||437||7.8%||64||8||12.5%||56|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||18||6||5||5||2||0||197||9.1%||26||4||15.4%||33|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||0||5||6||2||0||167||7.8%||24||3||12.5%||24|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||13||3||6||3||1||1||182||7.1%||24||1||4.2%||23|
|YANN DANIS (All Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Home Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Last 4 Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||12||12||392||362||92.3%||0||5-7||-2||5-7-0||-2||2-8|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Home Games)||6||6||183||165||90.2%||0||2-4||-2.3||2-4-0||-2||1-3|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (vs. Division)||5||5||181||169||93.4%||0||2-3||-0.8||2-3-0||-1||1-4|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||137||126||92.0%||0||1-3||-2.4||1-3-0||-2||0-2|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Last 4 Games)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLORADO 3.01, EDMONTON 3.04|
|1/22/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-1||W||0, +105||W||5 ov||U|
|1/24/2013||COLUMBUS||4-0||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||at SAN JOSE||0-4||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/28/2013||at EDMONTON||1-4||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||at VANCOUVER||0-3||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||at CALGARY||6-3||W||0, +150||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/2/2013||EDMONTON||3-1||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/4/2013||DALLAS||2-3||L||0, -135||L||5 ov||P|
|2/6/2013||ANAHEIM||0-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/11/2013||PHOENIX||2-3||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||P|
|2/14/2013||at MINNESOTA||4-3||W||0, +140||W||5 ev||O|
|2/16/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|2/20/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|2/23/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/24/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|2/26/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|1/20/2013||at VANCOUVER||3-2||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/22/2013||SAN JOSE||3-6||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/24/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-1||W||0, +105||W||5 ov||U|
|1/26/2013||at CALGARY||3-4||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/28/2013||COLORADO||4-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||at PHOENIX||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/2/2013||at COLORADO||1-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/4/2013||VANCOUVER||2-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/6/2013||DALLAS||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||P|
|2/9/2013||at DETROIT||1-2||L||0, +150||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||at COLUMBUS||3-1||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/12/2013||DALLAS||1-4||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||P|
|2/19/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/25/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
LAST SEASON: 41-35-6, 88 points. Missed postseason.
COACH: Joe Sacco, 4th season with Avalanche, 114-109-23.
ADDED: RW P.A. Parenteau, C John Mitchell, D Greg Zanon
LOST: C Peter Mueller, C Jay McClement, C Joakim Lindstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Gabriel Landeskog. The Avalanche believe so highly in the 20-year-old that they made him the youngest captain in NHL history. Landeskog is coming off a stellar season in which he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.
OUTLOOK: The Avs will have plenty of scoring punch - even more if they can sign restricted free-agent center Ryan O'Reilly - but to return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons will largely depend on the play of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. He had a 2.59 goals-against average in his first season in Colorado after being acquired from Washington for a first-round pick. The Avs expect big things out of the young netminder.
LAST SEASON: 32-40-10, 74 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 14th in the Western Conference.
COACH: Ralph Krueger, 1st year.
ADDED: LW Nail Yakupov, D Justin Schultz, D Mark Fistric.
LOST: D Cam Barker.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Yakupov was the first pick in the draft and will take his skillful shot to the second line with the slick-passing Ales Hemsky and steady center Sam Gagner. But Schultz could be a big help for the blue line, after signing with the Oilers this summer following a standout college career at Wisconsin.
OUTLOOK: Krueger was promoted this summer after spending the last two seasons as an assistant for the Oilers. The former Swiss national team coach has a tall task in front of him, to try to guide the team to the playoffs for the first time since the Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2006. He has plenty of emerging stars to help him, though, even if the lineup isn't that deep. Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall will lead the way, having signed huge contract extensions over the summer and recently earned alternate captain status. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first pick in the 2011 draft, will join them on a first line.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLORADO-EDMONTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Avalanche-Oilers Preview* ==========================
Colorado (5-6-1) at Edmonton (5-5-3), 10:00 p.m. EDT
The Edmonton Oilers have had trouble on the power play since their first meeting with the Colorado Avalanche.
The Avalanche have had problems with the man advantage all season.
It's all part of these struggling Northwest Division rivals' inability to score heading into their third matchup Saturday night in Edmonton.
The Oilers (5-5-3) were at 35.7 percent on the power play through their first five games after going 4 for 6 in a 4-1 home victory over Colorado on Jan. 28. Edmonton is 4 for 35 in eight games since.
The Avalanche (5-6-1), meanwhile, are at 10.3 percent for one of the league's worst marks. They are 0 for 9 in the season series, coming up empty in a season-high six chances in a 3-1 home win Feb. 2.
Colorado and Edmonton are two of the league's lowest scoring teams at 2.2 per game.
The Avalanche continue to be hampered by the holdout of top returning scorer Ryan O'Reilly, with injuries to captain Gabriel Landeskog (head) and defensemen Erik Johnson (head) and Ryan Wilson (ankle) further depleting their lineup.
"We are missing Landy and some other key guys out of our lineup so everybody has to step up," veteran winger Milan Hejduk said.
First-year Edmonton coach Ralph Krueger admitted that he has been focused on helping his team improve defensively, with the Oilers allowing a Western Conference-high 33.6 shots per game. With three days off before this contest, he has finally been able to divert some practice time to offense.
"Our team offense, everybody is marking players, individual players and saying he doesn't have goals or he's not scoring or he's responsible," Krueger said. "It's never one player himself that's responsible for scoring."
One skater under the microscope is center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who has a 23-game goal drought dating to last season. Another is winger Ryan Smyth, who has one goal and one assist and sat out for the first time as a healthy scratch for Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Dallas that opened a five-game homestand.
Smyth has returned to practice and will likely play Saturday.
"I'm a competitor," Smyth said. "Absolutely, it's tough to take. It's in our nature to play hockey and not sit up and watch but that was the coach's decision he made. He felt it was best for the team at the time and we'll move forward."
Smyth has no points in the two meetings with the Avalanche.
"This is a very experienced NHL player who has got a lot of hunger here, I feel," said Krueger, who has also scratched veteran defenseman Ryan Whitney for the last two games. "We're expecting a strong reaction from him. He knows what he needs to do to help this team."
Colorado has won consecutive road games after ending a three-game slide with Thursday's 4-3 shootout victory over Minnesota. Hejduk reached the 800-point plateau on his 37th birthday with a second-period goal.
"You try to be patient no matter what's going on throughout a season," Hejduk said. "You will have ups and downs and try to be even-keeled and don't get too excited or too down on yourself."
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 3:18:05 PM EST|