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Oilers Tied For Lead in the Pacific Division

With a win against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, the Edmonton Oilers are now tied for first place in the Pacific Division. The Oilers are also that much closer to clinching a playoff position in over a decade.

Laurent Brossoit

Coach Todd McLellan chose to go with his backup after consecutive shaky starts by starter Cam Talbot. With no further games until Tuesday, this gives Talbot a good five days rest.

Brossoit was excellent making 24 stops including some key saves late in the game, allowing the Oilers to finish off Colorado and ice the victory in the third period on goals by Drake Caggiula and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Matt Benning

A slight scare caused concern for the Oilers as defenseman Matt Benning left the game, unable to put any weight on his right leg, after blocking a shot. The news after the game was better in that Benning was seen walking around with no assistance and no breaks of any kind were reported.

The Defense

Including Matt Benning, the Oilers blue line is really starting to look like they're ready for the postseason. While Edmonton has had issues in both contests against the Avs, the Oilers seem poised and steady, ready for a matchup against some of the bigger teams in the west.

Andrej Sekera finished with two assists, Oscar Klefbom made smart plays all evening and Kris Russell finished with four blocks and an assist.

Edmonton is hot right now with five-straight wins. They'll match up against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday where they can do all but put the nail in the Kings coffin.

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