Minus four every-night forwards for the fourth consecutive game Tuesday night, the Avalanche impressively added on to its season-best points streak at Rexall Place.

Seven straight turned into eight (7-0-1) against the Oilers in Edmonton, which couldn't handle Colorado's speed or skill as the Avs earned an impressive 4-1 victory that was huge in the Central Division playoff seeding.

Coupled with St. Louis' loss Tuesday, the Avs climbed to 109 points — two shy of the Blues' divisional lead — and extended their home-ice lead over Chicago to four points. All three teams have three games remaining, and Colorado undoubtedly is playing the best.

"Who would have thought?" Avs forward Jamie McGinn said about the Avs' Central Division position. "Patty (coach Patrick Roy) talked about shocking the hockey world at the start of the year, and I think we're doing a pretty good job of that. It's just a lot of fun, and it's a great locker room."

The Avs, who again played without forwards Matt Duchene, P.A. Parenteau, Cody McLeod and Alex Tanguay (out for the season), got goals from four players and an excellent performance from veteran goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere to win their franchise-record 25th game on the road. They were tied with the 2001 Stanley Cup-winning team with 24 road wins, and still have road games remaining at Vancouver, San Jose and Anaheim.