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Game 5: Blue Jackets At Avalanche, Preview And Open Thread

After losing badly to the St. Louis Blues last night, the Avalanche seek to score revenge on the Central Division by continuing their long dominance over Columbus.  The Avs are 21-1-1 all-time against the Blue Jackets.  

The Jackets are playing well, having won two of their first three games.  Pascal Leclaire, their young goalie, has been strong in net this season, and will look to shut down an Avalanche offense that has scored 11 goals in two home games already this year.  Good luck to him.

Paul Stastny continues his offensive miracle work for Colorado, having scored 9 points (5 goals) in four games.  He had the lone goal against the Blues last night.  

Hopefully the Avalanche defense will remember which team they're playing for and let's hope Coach Q is done trying to defibrillate Jose Theodore's goaltending career.  If Peter Budaj doesn't start tonight's game, I will likely not watch at all.

And when is Joe Sakic's line (any incarnation of it) going to score a goal at even strength?  What the hell?

Hope to see everyone here tonight as I live blog the game.  Join in on the fun!

ESPN preview.