After thoroughly outplaying the Avalanche in the first 40 minutes of their first meeting before falling back on their heels too much and having to depend on some excellent goaltending from Devan Dubnyk to preserve the victory in their first encounter with the Avs, the Oil will look to put forward a more complete 60 minute game and walk away with another regulation win over a division rival.
Expected Line Combinations
Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Nail Yakupov - -
Eric Belanger - Lennart Petrell-
Darcy Hordichuk- -
Justin Schultz -
Ryan Whitney - Mark Fistric
Scratches: Ben Eager, Corey Potter, Shawn Horcoff
By The Numbers
A major story that has not yet begun to receive the coverage it deserves (if they can maintain this level of performance in the long-term) is the Hall-RNH-Eberle line's ability to survive at even strength against some serious opposition. This was not the case last year. There doesn't appear to be a great disparity in the difficulty of assignments among the Oil's top 9 forwards to date this season, but in terms of their performance against the opposition, 4-93-14 have held their own with some of the best lines in the league, even out-chancing on of the hottest lines in hockey on Thursday in San Jose.