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.
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.
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.
“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(notes) 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.”
“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.