Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 4/7/2014
Tuesday, April 8, 9:30 PM on Alti, RSNW
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta
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When the Colorado Avalanche last played the Edmonton Oilers, they were able to use a three-goal second period to pull off the home win. The Avalanche spent just two minutes in the penalty box all game, while the Oilers were put on the penalty kill for a total of 17 minutes in the loss.
Oilers left wing Taylor Hall was able to put his team on top at the 14:50 mark of the first period off of assists from Jeff Petry and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Tyson Barrie tied it up for Colorado just one minute into the second period with a power-play tally. After a Nugent-Hopkins goal made it 2-1 Edmonton, Ryan O'Reilly scored his 11th of the season for the Avalanche off of a pass from Nathan MacKinnon.
The turning point in the game came near the end of the second period when Colorado center Maxime Talbot was able to score a shorthanded goal to give his side the lead. After the Oilers went on the power play, Marc-Andre Cliche was able to get the steal and found Talbot, who made a backhand goal. It was the 16th time in Talbot's career that he scored a shorthanded goal.
Matt Duchene was able to score an empty-net insurance goal for the Avalanche late in the third period to give Colorado the 4-2 win.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov had 27 saves in the win.
Colorado is 24-13 straight up on the road this season
Colorado is 18-18-1 against the over/under on the road this season
Edmonton is 14-23 straight up at home this season
Edmonton is 20-15-1 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
04/06/14 LW Cody McLeod Ankle questionable
03/31/14 C Matt Duchene Knee expected to miss 3-4 weeks
03/11/14 RW PA Parenteau Knee expected to miss 4-6 weeks
02/25/14 RW Milan Hejduk Personal has retired
02/20/14 LW Alex Tanguay Hip out for season
11/10/13 GO Richard Bachman Groin out indefinitely
04/05/14 RW Tyler Pitlick Knee questionable
04/01/14 D Andrew Ference Pectoral out for season
04/01/14 LW Luke Gazdic Shoulder out for season
04/01/14 RW Nail Yakupov Ankle out indefinitely
03/29/14 LW Ryan Jones Knee out for season
03/18/14 LW Jesse Joensuu Ankle expected to miss 4 weeks
01/16/14 LW Ryan Hamilton Knee out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Colorado
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