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Colorado at Edmonton

Venue: Rexall Place
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With their four-game winning streak snapped, the Colorado Avalanche are moving on, but they may have to do it without their starting goaltender again.

The Avalanche (12-8-1) will look to get back on the winning track when they conclude their three-game road trip against the struggling Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

Craig Anderson missed 10 games with a right knee injury earlier this season and was forced to leave Wednesday night's 4-2 loss to Vancouver after the first period with a groin injury

Anderson, who has four shutouts in his last five starts against the Oilers, stopped six of seven shots before he was replaced by Peter Budaj.

Budaj will likely be in net Thursday and knows the team needs to come out with a better performance against Edmonton.

"I don't think we had the intensity that we needed for such a big game," he said. "Every one of us can do a little better."

Budaj is 12-5-3 lifetime versus the Oilers, but 0-2-1 with a 5.89 goals-against average in his last three starts against them.

Defenseman John-Michael Liles scored his fourth goal and recorded his team-leading 18th assist Wednesday, giving him 11 points in his last seven games.

Liles has nine points in his last five games against Edmonton, and could be in line for another offensive outburst against one of the league's worst defenses.

The Avalanche also lost defenseman Adam Foote to a leg injury late in the first period and he is unlikely to play against Edmonton.

"When you lose a defenseman, you're down to five so that changes the chemistry a bit back there," Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said.

After picking up their second win of November on Sunday, the Oilers were back to their losing ways Tuesday night, falling 5-0 to Phoenix.

Edmonton (5-11-4) has been outscored by 30 goals this season and has the lowest penalty-kill percentage in the NHL (67.9).

"If you're giving up five goals against in a game, you're never going to win a hockey game, especially in today's NHL," center Colin Fraser told the team's official website. "It seems like we take one step forward, play good against Anaheim, and then think it's going to be easy the next day. And we can't have that mentality because every team's good."

Ales Hemsky, second on the team with 15 points, left practice Wednesday with an undisclosed leg injury and his status for this game is unknown.

"I don't think it's major but he had to leave because he did something. I don't know what it is," coach Tom Renney said.

Hemsky registered both a goal and an assist in two of his last three games.

Edmonton, which is 0-5-1 in its last six home games, will look to get off to a quick start versus the Avalanche, as they are 1-9-2 when the opposition scores first.

The Oilers have taken the last two home meetings against Colorado, winning 5-4 in overtime April 7.

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Colorado -125 Edmonton 105
Standings
Team Standings W L OT Pts L 10
Colorado1st Central 522281127-1-2
EdmontonPacific 29449674-6-0

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Injuries
Colorado
PlayerInjury
S VarlamovAnkle
 
Edmonton
PlayerInjury
D PerronHip
 
Scoring Leaders
Colorado
Skaters
PlayerGAPTS+/-PIM
Stewart111324131
Hejduk71623-44
Liles418221111
Stastny81220-220
Duchene41418619
Jones941384
Yip549123
Winnik538-212
O'Reilly16742
Galiardi33628
 
Edmonton
Skaters
PlayerGAPTS+/-PIM
Whitney01717023
Hemsky691534
Eberle4812-74
Horcoff6612-210
Gagner5611-311
Penner7411-622
Hall459-84
Foster268-612
Jones426-49
Paajarvi246-36
 
 
 
Series Game Log
DateLocationResults
Oct 9Edmonton 
Dec 27 @ Calgary 
Dec 31 @ Calgary 
Jan 31 @ Calgary 
Apr 4Edmonton