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Game 48: Sharks At Avalanche, Preview And Open Thread

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San Jose Sharks
9:00 pm ET / 7:00 pm MT
Colorado Avalanche
34-6-5 January 27, 2009 23-23-1
73 points
Pepsi Center
47 Points
1st in West
Denver, CO
12th in West

I wasn't going to do much of a preview for this game, since it's pretty obvious the Avalanche have little chance of winning against the almighty San Jose Sharks and their attractive, gifted, and downright genius first-year head coach Todd McLellan. Seriously, 34-6-5? What ever happened to parity?

But this game could be pretty cool, because it will be Claude Lemieux's first visit to the Pepsi Center since January 2003. In case you've been living in a cave (kind of like I have), you're already aware that Lemieux is back in professional hockey and back in the NHL since being called up by the Sharks just before the All-Star break.

Though I know it's an endless source of entertainment for the regulars around MHH, the Top 19 list (left sidebar, still incomplete) is good for something: those unaware of Claude Lemieux's long career and his stint with the Avalanche can check out the entry dedicated to him.

Oh, and I was totally right last week when I said that the goalie carousel is here again with a vengeance. Peter Budaj's total crapping of the bed in his last start means Andrew Raycroft gets the nod tonight, even though Budaj has had five days to rest. Evgeni Nabokov will be in the net for the Sharks for yet another win, I'm sure.

ESPN preview.


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Evgeni Nabokov 34 2023 25 5 4 0 84 2.49 907 823 .907 2


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Andrew Raycroft 14 758 9 4 0 0 35 2.77 352 317 .901 0