Game 74: Avalanche At Ducks, Preview And Open Thread

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Anaheim Ducks
9:00 pm ET / 7:00 pm MT
 Colorado Avalanche
36-31-6 March 19, 2009  31-40-2
78 points
Pepsi Center
64 Points
8th in West
 Denver, CO
15th in West

 

The last time we saw the Avalanche at the Pepsi Center, they were facing the 8th-placed team in the West, and got slaughtered. Tonight, the Avalanche will again face the 8th-placed team (Anaheim this time instead of Edmonton). And, with no Stastny, Sakic, Svatos, Stewart, Foote, Tjarnqvist, Jones, Cumiskey, Tucker and Nycholat (whew)...well, this game may not be all that much fun to watch either.

A couple of notes. One - the Avalanche are currently tied with Tampa for the 2nd-worst record in the league. But, the Avalanche hold the tiebreaker (in a bad way) for wins, so if the two teams end up tied, Tampa would have the higher draft position. The 'Ning (guh) are idle tonight, but play tomorrow against the suddenly-hapless Habs.

More importantly (or less importantly, depending on your perspective) - a regulation win by the Ducks tonight would all but eliminate the Avalanche from playoff contention. If that happens, Colorado would have to win every remaining game and have a bunch of teams go winless down the stretch. It's a mere formality of course - at best, the Avalanche can get to 82 points (going into tonight). 6 teams have already passed that point and 4 more are within 3 wins of doing the same...

Apparently, there's no consensus as to who will be shutting out the Avalanche tonight, but the speculation is that Jonas Hiller has drawn the lucky long straw (or perhaps it's because the Ducks played last night). Peter Budaj returns to the scene of the recent massacre.


Jonas Hiller

#1 / Goalie / Anaheim Ducks

6-2

193

Feb 12, 1982



GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Jonas Hiller 37 1982 17 14 1 5 76 2.30 956 880 .921 4


Peter Budaj

#31 / Goalie / Colorado Avalanche

6-1

200

Sep 18, 1982



GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Peter Budaj 50 2882 19 27 2 5 143 2.98 1356 1213 .895 1

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