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Colorado 6, Los Angeles 3 Recap (Preseason)

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The Avs are now 2-0 in the preseason, as they doubled up on the Los Angeles Kings 6-3. Again, I didn't see the game in person, but, with the box score and event summary, I can make a few observation...although the box score is pretty screwed up. I hope the NHL figures out whatever is plaguing them by the time regular season starts, because the errors in the score sheets are ridiculous.

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The Avs were good on the powerplay. They had either 1, 3 or 4 powerplay goals depending on which stat you are looking at. It appears that it's at least 3, and that's great. One caveat - it looks like Quenneville is sticking with Sakic as one of the point men (he was on the ice with Stastny, Smyth and Brunette when 3 PP goals were scored). I'm not a huge fan of the 4 forward route, but, if it's working, I won't complain. Yet.

Ian Laperriere fought the King's Brian Boyle. Boyle is listed as 6'6", 222. Dale Purinton also fought someone (if there was a penalty given to an LA player, it ain't in the box score) and was kicked out of the game. I believe Cleveland fans will really enjoy Dale's work this year. (Purinton and David Jones were sent down after the game).

The Avs were 47% on faceoffs. Do I need to keep harping on the fact that they did nothing to address this area this summer?

TJ Hensick had 3 points and Hlinka had an assist. It looks like the pair played with Paul Stastny and got a decent amount of ice time for the 2nd straight game. Hlinka seems like a strong bet to make the roster. I don't think there's going to be room for Hensick, but I bet he's the first call up if there's an injury this season.

As near as I can tell, the lines were as follows:


  1. Smyth - Sakic - Brunette

  2. Hlinka - Stastny - Hensick

  3. Wolski - Guite - Laperriere

  4. Rycroft - Smith - Healey



  1. Clark - Hannan

  2. Liles - Finger

  3. Cumiskey - Purinton (at least until Purinton got tossed from the game)


It's nice to see Finger and Liles playing together. That was a really solid combination last year. Finger had 6 blocked shots in the game. Oh, and Brett Clark (the hack) led the team in TOI. Imagine that.