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Monday, 11.13.2006 / 5:00 PM

Associated Press

The Edmonton Oilers can't wait to get home.

The Oilers, ending a five-game road trip, visit the Pepsi Center on Monday to face off against the Colorado Avalanche in a matchup of teams looking for some consistency.

With a 5-3 loss to St. Louis on Sunday, Edmonton (8-8-1) fell to 2-6-1 on the road this season. The defending Western Conference champions are 6-2-0 at Rexall Place, and start a season-high seven-game homestand against the Blues on Thursday.

Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish has been frustrated with his team's poor road play.

"The game isn't rocket science," he said. "It's a simple game; you get it in deep, you don't make mistakes and you support one another."

Brad Winchester was the lone bright spot for Edmonton as he recorded his first two-goal game. Fernando Pisani, a key to the Oilers' Stanley Cup run last season, also scored for the first time in five games.

Pisani has only three goals this season after scoring 14 during the 2005-06 postseason.

Edmonton recorded a 4-3 home win over Colorado on Oct. 14 behind two goals each from Ryan Smyth and Petr Sykora, and 39 saves from Dwayne Roloson en route to his 100th career win.

The Oilers have three victories in their last four trips to Denver.

Despite being tied with Calgary for last in the Northwest Division, Colorado (7-7-2) has scored 51 goals - third-most in the West behind Anaheim (59) and San Jose (58).

The Avalanche, though, were shut down in a 1-0 loss to Nashville on Saturday. Colorado had 42 shots, but Jose Theodore gave up the lone goal to Scottie Upshall 9:35 into the game.

"With this number of shots (and) the chances we had ... we're going to score most nights," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said.

The Avalanche, however, are 0-6 when recording at least 38 shots. They had 42 in the loss to Edmonton last month.

Colorado captain Joe Sakic has recorded 12 of his team-high 17 points at home, including four multipoint efforts his last five games there.

Colorado will also be looking for more from forward Milan Hejduk, who has two assists in five games this month after recording six goals and 11 points in 11 October games.

On Monday, the Avalanche will honor goaltender Patrick Roy, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Monday night in Toronto, with video tributes. Roy is the NHL's all-time leader with 551 regular-season and 151 postseason wins.

"I'm very fortunate to receive this honor," said Roy, a three-time Conn Smythe and Vezina Trophy winner. "It brings you back to thinking about your career and the great teammates and tremendous support I have received from my family over the years."

2006-2007 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 23 '07COL 3 at EDM 4 - SOM. Reasoner
Mar 21 '07COL 5 at EDM 1J. Sakic
Feb 03 '07EDM 3 at COL 2S. Horcoff
Dec 19 '06COL 7 at EDM 6B. McLean
Dec 15 '06EDM 1 at COL 4J. Liles
Nov 30 '06COL 7 at EDM 3T. Arnason
Nov 13 '06EDM 2 at COL 1R. Smyth
Oct 14 '06EDM 4 at COL 3P. Sykora
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