Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk celebrates his goal with Paul Stastny and David Jones during their NHL hockey game in Toronto

When will Colorado win a game at home?

The Colorado Avalanche have one primary goal heading into tonight’s game against Los Angeles a the Pepsi Center.

Get a win on home ice.

Heading into Sunday action, the Avs were the only team in the NHL without a single home point and one of just two without a home win. (The other, New York, has only played two home dates thanks to opening in Europe and renovations to MSG.)

Explaining Colorado’s home struggles is no easy task.

On the road, Colorado has had no problem scoring goals — 27 in seven games, an average of 3.86 goals per game. Yet that same production has disappeared within the confines of the Pepsi Center, as the Avs have been shutout by Detroit and lost 3-1 to both Chicago and Edmonton with the lone goals coming from the Rine-O brothers, Ryan O’Byrne and Ryan O’Reilly.

So, what gives?

“They made some boneheaded turnovers, they only played with any real desperation at the end, took some dumb penalties and essentially played a leadership-free game,” wrote the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater following Friday’s 3-1 loss to Edmonton. “Sound familiar? It certainly should at home, where every game for the last calendar year has seemed exactly the same. Not just on the ice, but the in the arena itself, where the Avs’ game-night entertainment staff gives renewed meaning to the word ‘stale’ every single time.”

The ‘every game for the last calendar year’ bit is especially telling. Dating back to last season the Avs are 1-7 in their last eight at home, a place where — traditionally — the club has been dominant (insert theories about Mile High air here.) While it’s still early in the year, the lack of success at Pepsi is starting to show amongst Avalanche players. “That’s three games lost at home right now. This should be our barn,” O’Reilly said after Friday’s loss. “We should be used to the air and we should be in better shape than most teams, and that’s killing us right now.”

Colorado has a chance to get its first home win tonight against Los Angeles, but it won’t be easy. The Kings have yet to lose a road game in regulation this season and their top two centers, Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards, are on fire. Kopi tallied his fifth goal of the season on Saturday night and has 13 points in 10 games, while Richards is averaging a point per game (2 goals, 8 assists).

Update: Avs won.

Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”

Oilers place Scrivens on waivers

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The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.

Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.

It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.

Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.

He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.

Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.

If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.

The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.

The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.