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Oilers seek redemption versus Avs

Edmonton Oilers Ryan Jones hits Colorado Avalanche David Jones during second period NHL action at...

Edmonton Oilers Ryan Jones hits Colorado Avalanche David Jones during second period NHL action at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday, December 30 2010. (AMBER BRACKEN/EDMONTON SUN)

DEREK VAN DIEST, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 4:11 PM ET

DENVER — The Edmonton Oilers get an opportunity to put another disappointment in Minnesota behind them when they take on the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) at the Pepsi Center.

The Oilers head into the contest off a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, where things fell apart for them in the third period.

“I think, we didn’t mange the puck well and didn’t continue to stay with the program that had gotten us to that point where we were,” said Oilers head coach Tom Renney of Tuesday’s contest.

“We got away from our system of play.

“We have to get ourselves to the point where we believe completely what our game plan is and play 60-minutes of it.”

This is the Oilers first visit to Denver this season. The Oilers have hosted the Avalanche twice this year, winning the first encounter and losing the second in a shootout.

The Avalanche go into the game having beaten the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on the road Tuesday.

“I think going in, they may have some vigour, coming off a big win (Tuesday) night. They’ve integrated a couple of guys into their lineup that they feel are really important to them obviously,” said Renney. “The big thing for us is to bring all ourselves to the game and pay attention to 60 minutes of hockey and embrace what we want to look like as a team and how we have to play in order to have success.”

On the weekend, the Avalanche made a deal acquiring former first overall pick defenceman Erik Johnson and forward Jay McClement from the Blues in return for defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk and forward Chris Stewart.

A day prior to that, they traded goaltender Craig Anderson to the Ottawa Senators for goaltender Brian Elliott.

The Oilers will be without defenceman Taylor Chorney, who was injured in Minnesota. Jason Strudwick will his place in the lineup. Devan Dubnyk will get the start in goal.

Following Tuesday’s contest, the Oilers will return home to host the Blues on Friday at Rexall Place.

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