Wild at Avalanche, Game 51 Preview

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The Avalanche are in action tonight taking on the [yawn] in a big-winner-might-take-all-battle at the Pepsi Center. One of these two teams will be in 8th spot going into the All-Star break; Colorado stays in 8th with a regulation win, otherwise it will be the [zzzzzzz]. Obviously, both teams are in the middle of a tight race, with 7 teams in the West separated by just 7 points and with 4 of those teams currently sitting on the outside looking in, it's going to be a dogfight. It would be great for the Avs to get 2 points here and not let the [snore] get the Bettman point, both for the points race and the potential head-to-head tiebreaker at the end of the year (each team has one win in head-to-head meetings so far).

When prepping for preview (yes, believe it or not), I thought it might be interesting to look at the Avs' record this January (5-4-1) and compare it to their last few Januarys. But then I decided that I don't really give a fuck about what happened last year or the year before. This year's Avalanche are hanging in there despite an offense that could be best described as anemic (15 goals in the last 8 games) and a defensive / goaltending squad that is also struggling (25 goals in those same 8).

I firmly believe this is one of those games that will tell us a LOT about this season's Colorado Avalanche. It's not a must-win game or even a must-not-lose game. But it is a game that they absolutely SHOULD step up for. This is about as important as a game 51 can be. Will the boys step up? I can't wait to find out.

And for those who might like to grab some last minute tickets for the game, I'd like to remind everyone about the partnership we have with TiqIQ to help you score the best deals on tickets. You can find some deals on tonight's game against the [snooze] here, and all other Avalanche games using the link at the top of the page that says, simply enough, tickets. I know some MHHers have taken advantage of this service and I'd love to hear feedback about your experience (good or bad) in the comments below.

Go Avs

Stats
48 GP 50
23 W 26
18 L 22
7 OT 2
53 P 54
0.552 P% 0.540
2.23 G/G 2.44
2.48 GA/G 2.82
14.4 PP% 19.4
82.7 PK% 81.7
26.7 S/G 31.2
32.2 SA/G 29.0
52.0 FO% 52.1
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