Colorado (7-8-0) at Edmonton (8-7-1) 10:00 p.m. EST
EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) — The Colorado Avalanche have yet to
solve their goal-scoring woes, but a pair of quality
performances from goaltender Peter Budaj helped them snap a
five-game losing streak.
Budaj will hope for a bit more support on the offensive end when
the Avalanche take on the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
It has been a streaky start for Colorado, which opened the
season with three consecutive losses before winning five
straight. That run was followed by a losing streak of five
games in which the Avalanche managed just eight goals.
Colorado needed a single goal in each of its last two games to
earn victories as Budaj stopped all 26 shots he faced in a 1-0
win over Nashville last Saturday, then followed up that
performance with 31 saves in a 2-1, shootout triumph over
Vancouver on Wednesday.
Milan Hejduk leads the Avalanche with eight goals while center
Paul Stastny’s 14 points are a team-high.
The Oilers play their second straight home game after a two-week
road trip in which they posted a 4-3 record.
Rookie netminder Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers won back-to-back starts
against New Jersey and the New York Rangers, stopping 77 of 80
shots, before allowing five goals on 28 shots in a 5-2 loss to
Toronto on Thursday.
Alex Hemsky, who leads Edmonton with five goals and 12 assists,
scored in the 2-1 win over the Devils and netted the
game-winning tally in the 3-2, shootout win over the Rangers.