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Game 35: Rangers At Avalanche, Preview And Open Thread

Who the hell are the Rangers?  Oh, a team from the Eastern Conference?  No kidding.  I didn't know there was another conference in the NHL other than the West.  I'd heard rumors, and there were games against teams called the Penguins and the Flyers earlier in the year, but I figured that was just the Flames trying to hide their identity in embarrassment for being the Flames.

Oh, the Rangers.  The New York Rangers.  That team that signed Avalanche Ex-Girlfriend Chris Drury to a long expensive contract and just about capped-out because of it.  Yeah, I know them.  I hear John Buccigross actually thinks Chris Drury should make it into the Hall Of Fame, despite never scoring 70 points in a season.  Drury's cool and all, but give me a break.  You know how many players have scored 65 points in a season and won at least one Cup?  Way too many for the Hall to hold, that's for sure.  Hell, by that criteria Cory Stillman is a sure-fire Hall of Fame player (he's got two Cups and two 70+ point seasons).  Might as well give out a Stillman Trophy every season.

But I digress.

Tonight the Avs face the Rangers in what is really an exhibition game between the famous Original Six team from New York and the not-so-famous Lake Erie Monsters from the AHL---due to the numerous injuries plaguing Colorado as of late.

While things may seem pretty rough for the Avs, the good news is that Peter Budaj will get another start in goal and Paul Stastny is playing at home.  Those are usually recipes for success.  

The Avs will look to extend their undefeated-in-regulation streak to five games.  Hopefully the fact that they played last night will hurt the Rangers more than all those bloated salaries for sub-par offensive producers already have.

The game starts tonight at 7:00 PM Mountain time, 9:00 PM Eastern.  I can pretty much guarantee that I will not be present for the open threading, but please keep it going for me!  Your game night comments are always fun to read.

ESPN preview.