GameThread - Oilers at Avalanche: One Day

Doug Pensinger

The Oilers and Avs battle for a spot at the bottom of the conference.

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Game preview: The Wild are hanging on for dear life at the bottom of the playoff pile - an Oilers upset would make things hilariously interesting, but the Wild get the Flames and Oilers again, so they are safe.

Team Reports

Oilers Report: Ralph Malph told Teemu Hartikainen that he's not physical enough and scratched him for Ryan Jones and then complimented Jones for his grit and PK ability. Ralph Krueger may have dementia.

Jerred Smithson draws back into the lineup as well so we should expect plenty of zone time for the Avs.

Avalanche Report: The Avs have something going at forward, but the defense is AHL quality .

Expected Line Combinations

Taylor Hall - Sam Gagner - Nail Yakupov
Magnus Paajarvi - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Shawn Horcoff - Anton Lander - Ryan Jones
Ryan Smyth - Jerred Smithson - Mike Brown

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz
Mark Fistric - Corey Potter

Devan Dubnyk

Scratches: Ryan Whitney, Theo Peckham, Eric Belanger, Teemu Hartikainen, Lennart Petrell

Broadcast Information

Rexall Place, 7:00 pm MST
TV - Sportsnet
Radio - 630 CHED

By The Numbers

  • Taylor Hall has a 70% corsi % against Jan Hejda and Ryan O`Byrne. The latter will be missed by the Oilers. Hall has a 54% corsi % against Erik Johnson, 85% against O'Brien and 66% against Greg Zanon.
  • The Avs are Taylor Hall's #1 favorite opponent to play against.
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