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Old 11-28-2007, 07:26 PM   #83
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After struggling for the better part of the season, the Edmonton Oilers have finally strung together a few wins. It's been quite the opposite for the Colorado Avalanche.

The Oilers and the Avalanche will meet for the second time in seven days on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.

Edmonton (10-13-1) has won two straight and five of its last eight following a dismal 5-10-1 start. The Oilers seek their first three-game winning streak since last Dec. 4-8.

They split a season-long six-game homestand with a 3-1 victory over Columbus on Monday. It was Edmonton's first regulation win since beating Calgary on Nov. 10 as each of the team's previous three victories came in a shootout.

"It was a good feeling to get one in regulation," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "We're not doing anything the easy way. It would have been nice to win a couple games at the beginning of the homestand and give ourselves a chance to put something together. But it was nice to recover and get to .500 during this stretch."

On Monday, rookie Andrew Cogliano's third-period tiebreaking goal proved to be the game-winner for the Oilers, who will play away from Rexall Place for the first time since a Nov. 14 win at Vancouver.

"It was a solid team effort," said Cogliano, who has 14 points. "To get a regulation win and go on the road with two wins under our belt is big for our team. As of now we are pretty confident."

Edmonton has won its last two road games, but hasn't won three straight as a visitor since Nov. 13-Dec. 8, 2006. It might reach that mark against Colorado (12-9-1) after winning four of its last six visits to the Pepsi Center.

The Oilers, though, have dropped all three meetings this season and seven of the last nine overall to Colorado, including Thursday's 3-2 defeat in Edmonton.

The Avalanche are 9-2-0 at home, but didn't exhibit that dominance in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Calgary - Colorado's fourth defeat in its last five contests.

"It was a stinker," said coach Joel Quenneville, who is one win shy of 100 with the Avalanche. "We needed to be good in a lot of areas to beat that team and we weren't."

Colorado extended its struggles on the power play, failing in all four chances to fall to 0-for-24 in its last five games. The Avs have converted just 13.2 percent (14-for-106) of their power-play chances - better than only Edmonton, which is last in the NHL with a 10.9 percentage (11-for-101).

"The way we lost and the way we came out and played is unacceptable," said Joe Sakic, whose goal in the third period ended a personal 11-game drought. "It was just an embarrassing performance for us."

The Avalanche, who haven't lost consecutive games at home since Feb. 1-3, seek their 500th regular-season victory since the franchise moved from Quebec to Colorado for the 1995-96 season.
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