Colorado Avalanche (27-18-4) at Edmonton Oilers (22-24-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 1, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Edmonton Oilers / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under:
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The Edmonton Oilers look to shake out of their losing ways against the Central division as they host the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Place on Thursday night.
The Avalanche look to continue their winning ways as they have charged up the Western Conference standings but they will have their work cut out for them here as the Oilers have won four of their last five games including four in a row against Western Conference foes. The Avs however have struggled against Pacific division opponents as they are 4-22 in their last 26 games against the Pacific division but the road team is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams and with the way Nathan Mackinnon has been playing this season he should give the Avs more than enough fire power to stay competitive in this one. Jonathan Bernier is expected to get the nod as he will face off against AL Montoya who is projected to get his first Edmonton start with Cam Talbot battling illness.
The Oilers have had a pretty rocky season thus far and have fallen well short of expectations this season but with a vote of confidence coming from many of the players who are guaranteeing a playoff spot it could make for a pretty exciting second half from them. Edmonton is loaded in the offensive zone but with their blue line still struggling mightily they may have to send away some of their expendable forward pieces for some blue line depth with or without the playoffs in sight. The Oilers have lost four games in a row at home and need a strong outing here against an Avalanche side that has defied the odds this season.
The Avalanche are 13-3 in their last 16 games playing on one day’s rest and 12-40 in their last 52 road games while Edmonton is winless in their last six against the Central and 21-7 in their last 28 Thursday games. Colorado is a tough side to figure out as they have some talent but have been overachieving a bit lately and while Edmonton has struggled I think these two teams are pretty evenly matched and I like the Oilers at home.