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Oilers at Avalanche: Preview, lineups, how to watch, and discussion thread

The Oilers visit the Mile High City looking to win their third game in a row.

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What you need to know

Oilers Record: 11-8-1 (1st in the Pacific Division)
Last 10: 4-6-0
Avalanche Record: 9-9-0 (7th in the Central Division)
Last 10: 5-5-0

Oilers All-Time Record vs Quebec/Colorado: 78-71-8-10
Goals For/Against: 571/542
Oilers Record Last Season vs Colorado: 0-3-0
Goals For/Against: 5/11
Streak: The Avalanche have won their last three games against the Oilers.

Puck Drop: 8:00PM MST
Television: Sportsnet West
The Opposing View: Mile High Hockey | Twitter: @MileHighHockey

Tonight's Storyline

For reasons that I can't figure out, Benoit Pouliot and Mark Letestu will once again be watching from the pressbox tonight. The logic behind this decision appears to be that the Oilers won thier last game and it therefore it wouldn't make sense to mess with something that worked last time. As if winning a game means that everything worked according to plan and that there is no room for improvement. For the record, it absolutely does not mean that.

The Oilers' fourth line got demolished in the last game - nobody on that line had a CF% above 20% - but because the team won it doesn't get addressed despite the fact that there are obvious upgrades available? Really? I'm sorry, that simply makes no sense. I want the Oilers to win, I always want the Oilers to win, but I also like it when someone makes a bad decision and it blows up in thier face.

Line Combinations

Forward Lines
Milan Lucic - Connor McDavid - Jesse Puljujarvi
Patrick Maroon - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Anton Slepyshev - Leon Draisaitl - Zack Kassian
Matt Hendricks - Drake Caggiula - Tyler Pitlick

Defence Pairs
Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse - Matt Benning

Cam Talbot
Jonas Gustavsson