Colorado Avalanche (7-6-3) at Edmonton Oilers (8-7-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday November 11, 2018, 9:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -125 / Colorado Avalanche +113 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Edmonton Oilers hope some home cooking will get them back in the win column as they host the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
The Avalanche head into Edmonton looking for their 8th victory of the season as they take on Connor McDavid and the Oilers to close out an unusually busy Sunday on the ice. Colorado has cooled off a bit since their hot start as they are now 7-6-3 on the year and face an Oilers group who is treading water and are also a game above the .500 mark with an 8-7-1 record through their first 16 games. Colorado is led by their top line of Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog, and Nathan Mackinnon as that trio accounts for one of the best lines in hockey and will be rivaled by McDavid and whoever the Oilers decide to put on his line. The Avs have lost 5 in a row and will turn to Semyon Varlamov to shake them out of this slump as he will face off against Cam Tablot who is the projected starter for the Oilers.
Edmonton has been up and down so far to start the season but they look as though they are going to be a team worth watching this season as the playoffs are a realistic expectation for a group who greatly underachieved last season. The Oilers have had their way with Colorado recently as well as they are 5-1 in their last 6 contests with the Avalanche and while the road team has generated most of the victories in this series it is the Oilers who are favored in this spot on Sunday. Colorado has struggled against Pacific division foes as they are 16-35 in their last 51 games and they have but 21 road wins in their last 78 contests which doesn’t bode well for them here against Edmonton.
The Avs are 17-35 in their last 52 Sunday games and have played to the under in 4 of their last 5 games in Edmonton while the Oilers are 6-2 in their last 8 against the West and winless in their last 4 games after scoring 2 or fewer goals in their previous game. Colorado has a great top line but Edmonton has a bit more depth and are at home here so they get the nod.