Colorado Avalanche (37-22 ATS) at Edmonton Oilers (26-33 ATS)
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, Rogers Place
The NHL will have a ton of games on Thursday evening, highlighted by the Avalanche versus the Oilers. Gametime is set for 9 P.M ET and will be a meeting between two teams headed in opposite directions. You can watch it on NHL Center Ice.
Avalanche Have Injury Issues
After having one of the worst NHL seasons ever in 2016–17, the Colorado Avalanche have bounced back with a pretty decent season this year. They have already secured 10 more wins than they did last year — 32 compared to 22 — but sit on the outside looking in at the postseason. With that said, a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference isn’t out of reach; they currently are just three points out of the №8 spot (held by Minnesota).
On the season, though, they’re ranked №8 on offense with 3.1 goals per game. Then, on defense, they rank No.3 in penalty kill percentage. Most recently, the Avalanche are coming off a 5-4 overtime win against the Canucks.
Unfortunately, the Avalanche have a ton of players on the injury report for Thursday’s game. In fact, since January 30th, they five different players ruled out which includes their top goalie, Jonathan Bernier. Semyon Varlamov will get the start in his place.
Oilers Struggling Throughout Season
There aren’t too many teams worse than the Edmonton Oilers this year. They’ve gone just 24-31-4 so far, including an astounding seven wins in their last eight games. Division-wise, they’re 32 points back from the No.1-seeded Vegas Golden Knights. Most recently, they are coming off a 3-2 loss to Boston.
Rankings-wise, it doesn’t get any better for the Oilers. They are below No.21 in four major categories, including a No.30 mark in GAA. Luckily, Cam Talbot, the expected starter in goal for Thursday, has been playing better recently, though. He’s allowed two goals per game and has had save percentages higher than 92.3 percent across the board. With that said, he had a tough time in the months before that. On the year, he ranks No.40 in GAA (3.12 GAA) and No.43 in save percentage (90.3 percent) among all qualified goalies. Compared to last year, a year which saw him play 73 games in goal, they are way down from (2.39 GAA) & (91.9 save percent).
- 1-4 in the last 5 meetings vs. Oilers.
- 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. Colorado.
The NHL will have a ton of games on Thursday evening, highlighted by the Avalanche versus the Oilers. Gametime is set for 9 P.M ET and will be one you don’t want to miss. The Oilers, despite their ugly record, are the team to take here. They’ve dropped seven of their last eight games which makes them WAY overdue for a victory. Plus, the Avalanche have a TON of injured regular players for Thursday.