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Game 46: Avalanche At Lightning, Preview And Open Thread

The Avalanche finish their tour of the Southeast Division (and their five-game road trip) tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  The Lightning, despite boasting league-leading scorer Vincent Lecavalier, are the second-worst team in the league behind Los Angeles.

The Lightning only really have one scoring line (Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Vaclav Prospal), so all Coach Q really has to do is set McCormick, Lappy and Ben Guite on them the whole game and shut them down.  If they fail, it's only Jose Theodore between the Lightning's big boys and the goal line, and his impending meltdown could happen at any moment.

Let's hope it doesn't.  After all, Theodore's fragile hold on the starting position could be gone in an instant, and we certainly wouldn't want that to happen.  Poor Peter Budaj would have to shake the cobwebs off and somehow instantly win five games in a row if he ever wants to get consistent playing time again.  Coach Q hates him, apparently.

The game starts tonight at 5:30 PM Mountain time, 7:30 PM Eastern.  Happy open threading to all!

ESPN preview.