The Avalanche returned to the Pepsi Center last night, but couldn't quite keep up their winning ways. They did get a point, though, after losing to the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in the shootout. The game wasn't the most exciting of games - there was some good hitting, but not much offensive flow at all. Instead of a full recap, I'll touch on a couple of bullet points Avs Talk style.
- Jaroslav Hlinka played on the first line in place of Paul Stastny and played pretty well. His nifty drop pass set up our only goal of the game.
- Jordan Leopold missed the game with the flu (insert your own joke here). He was replaced by Johnny Boychuck. Boychuck did not play much (7:32) but did see some PP ice time. When he did play, it was in Leopold's old spot with Scott Hannan. When he wasn't on, Jeff Finger was usually the guy replacing him. Finger had 27:12 of ice time.
- Jose Theodore looked very good again tonight. In almost all the games in this stretch, his best period has been the 3rd period. Really, the 3rd has been his best period all year.
- Like any team, we made some mistakes defensively (like when Brett Clark let Patrick Kane get behind him for the first Chicago goal). Overall, though, our defense has been very solid and I don't think they are getting enough credit as a group for the improvement they've made both collectively and individually (especially Scott Hannan and Karlis Skrastins).
- TJ Hensick played in Hlinka's old spot with Cody McCormick and Cody McLeod. While Hlinka seemed to gel nicely with the two Corner Codys, Hensick didn't seem incredibly comfortable. He also got an opportunity to go in the shootout, but was turned away by Patrick Lalime after overplaying the puck.
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The Avalanche host the Blue Jackets on Sunday, the last time we'll see Columbus this year. Altitude viewers should expect to see the gorgeous Rick Nash goal from the other night a few times.