Storylines and Statistics You May Have Missed From Friday's Game
Saturday, 01.17.2009 / 12:26 AM / Features
By Aaron Lopez - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
Arnason Gets on the Scoreboard
Avalanche center Tyler Arnason has been putting up points as of late, but had not been able to find the back of the net until tonight. Arnason came into Friday’s contest against Edmonton with a three-game assist/point streak (0g/3a), but broke a 33-game scoring drought when he deposited the rebound of a John-Michael Liles shot at 16:22 of the first period.
Arnason has always had success against the Oilers. In 31 career games versus Edmonton, he has totaled 27 points (14g/13a), his highest scoring total against any single opponent.
Cumiskey In At Forward
With Philippe Dupuis (foot), David Jones (back) and Ian Laperriere (back) all sidelined with injuries, defenseman Kyle Cumiskey stepped into the lineup tonight as a forward. Cumiskey played left wing on a line that included Ben Guite and Brian Willsie. It was the Abbotsford, B.C., native’s fourth game of the season and first appearance since Nov. 28 at Phoenix. Cumiskey also played a few shifts at his natural position throughout the contest.
Going a Few Rounds
An unlikely candidate dropped the gloves for the Avs tonight. Just 6:44 into tonight’s game, defenseman John-Michael Liles faced off with Edmonton’s Marc-Antoine Pouliot. It was Liles’ first fight in 356 career NHL games.
Homestand Kicks Off
Tonight’s contest marked the beginning of an eight-game homestand for the Avs, which includes the NHL All-Star break in the middle. It’s the second longest home stay in franchise history, trailing only a nine-game homestand wrapped around the Olympic break during the 2001-02 campaign.
Legging It Out
Neither team had much of an advantage coming into tonight’s game in the so-called “fresh legs” category. While Colorado was coming off a road game in St. Louis the night before, the Oilers were in the same boat after losing a 5-1 decision to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. In fact, Friday’s contest was the third in four nights for both clubs.
There is a bit of a break on the horizon. The Avalanche next hosts Calgary on Sunday and then has two days without a game before facing the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday evening at Pepsi Center. Those two contests will be Colorado’s only games within a nine-day span due to the NHL’s All-Star festivities.
Odds and Ends
Tonight was Ryan Smyth’s 100th game in an Avalanche sweater…With an assist on Arnason’s goal, Cody McLeod has now notched four points (2g/2a) in his last four games and owns 11 points (9g/2a) on the season…The Avs had won five straight over the Oilers at Pepsi Center prior to tonight’s contest.