CALGARY - Heading into this season, it appeared the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche were identical teams.
They both had a stable of young, up-and-coming talented forwards and head coaches who are seen as bright minds.
They both were perceived to have holes on the blueline and questions around their goaltending.
They both were seen as teams that could climb from the depths of the league last season and into the playoff picture.
Right now, and not withstanding Thursday’s clash between them in Edmonton, they are nowhere on the same level.
The numbers say it. Colorado is on pace to be doubling Edmonton’s point total. The Avs are in the top third in goals for, while the Oilers are almost in the bottom third. The Avs have an elite goals-against average while the Oilers were last in the NHL before puck dropped Thursday.
And when it comes to five-on-five goal differential, they’re not even in the same league.