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Preview: Red Wings at Avalanche (1/20)

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The Avs play a key game tonight, as the welcome the Detroit Red Wings to town. It's the last game before the All-Star Break, and Colorado desperately needs points to stay in the playoff hunt. Detroit won the previous meeting 4-3 in a shootout, a game that probably will mark the official beginning of the Peter Budaj era in Colorado. Without his play, the Avs wouldn't have gotten a point. Not surprisingly, he will start tonight, his 11th straight start.

There had been reports that D Jordan Leopold might return tonight, which seems odd considering the Avs have a 5-day break after today. FWIW, the Rocky Mountain News is listing him as out (along with Brad May, John-Michael Liles and Patrice Brisebois).

Unfortunately, I probably won't be able to do a recap of the game tomorrow due to other comitments (go Pats).