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Revenge for 'one that got away'

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

DENVER -- The last time around, the Edmonton Oilers let the Colorado Avalanche off the hook.

Determined to put the visitors away early, the Oilers came out hard, but failed to put their opponents away. They then fizzled midway through the contest, and needed a late goal to tie the game only to lose in overtime.

Five days later, this time in Colorado, they're hoping to learn from their mistakes.

"Hopefully we can capitalize on our chances," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "We've been creating some chances in our last couple of games, but we haven't been able to capitalize to the extent that we need to. There are some things on the (new) lines that give us quite a bit of optimism heading into the game as far as things that we were looking for."

Having shuffled the deck for their encounter against the St. Louis Blues, the Oilers were happy with their effort in a 2-1 shootout win on Tuesday.

Tonight, the Avalanche don't present the same type of threat, essentially left playing for pride, but the stakes are just as high and the points just as important.

"Our game all revolves around puck-movement," said MacTavish. "We have to move the puck and open some space up, get the puck into areas where we can retrieve it and open the ice up where we can attack it. If we're not moving the puck around the ice very well, we look like we're uninspired because you don't get the opportunities to get in and get involved offensively.

"We're not a big team, so it's tough to win a lot of battles along the wall and play that grinding game. We have to be able to go back and clean the puck movement up.

"We did a good job of that against St. Louis."

Moreau fights anyway

In hindsight, it was probably not a good idea, but the competitive juices got the better of Oilers captain Ethan Moreau, who got in a fight with Blues defenceman Jeff Woywitka on Tuesday. Moreau recently returned to the lineup after suffering an eye injury.

"My eye doctor said I shouldn't be fighting," Moreau said. "It was just one of those things. He (Woywitka) cross-checked Ales (Hemsky) in the back, so I stepped in."

DEREK.VANDIEST@SUNMEDIA.CA


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