Edmonton coach Craig McTavish hopes the Oilers can end a three-game winless streak and rebound from an embarrassing loss as they host the Colorado Avalanche at Skyreach Centre.
After winning a season-high four straight from Nov. 13-20, the Oilers have gone 0-2-1 in their last three games, including Wednesday’s 7-1 drubbing at Detroit.
Coming off a 3-3 tie in Columbus the night before, Edmonton hardly looked up to the challenge, falling behind early and never seriously challenging thereafter. The Oilers were outshot by a stunning 43-16.
“Where to start? Let’s start from the first shift,” said MacTavish. “I realized it was going to be a long night in the middle of the second shift.”
The Oilers surrendered four power-play goals, dropping their penalty killing unit to deal last in the NHL. The Oilers are 25th in the league on the man advantage.
“They had a lot more energy than us,” said Edmonton’s Ethan Moreau. “It’s amazing our record is as good as it is with how our special teams have played.”
The Avalanche survived a wild night in Calgary on Thursday, pulling out a 6-5 win when Derek Morris scored at 2:24 of overtime.
Colorado rallied from a pair of one-goal deficits before squandering leads of 4-3 and 5-4 in regulation. Adam Foote, Milan Hejduk, Joe Sakic, Teemu Selanne and Travis Brigley also scored for the Avalanche, who snapped a two-game losing streak.