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Game 4: Avalanche at Blackhawks, Preview and Open Thread

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Colorado Avalanche
6:30pm MT / 8:30pm ET
Chicago Blackhawks
2-1-0 October 8, 2009 1-1-1
4 pts
United Center
3 pts
T-2nd in West
Chicago, IL
T-10th in West

The Avalanche visit former coach Joel Quenneville this evening in Chicago. Both teams are coming off of 3-2 road losses on Thursday - the Avs to the Predators, the Hawks to Detroit. It's Chicago's home opener and I would imagine the crowd will be a tad more involved than we saw in Nashville.

Craig Anderson will be in net for the Avs and we're assuming Cristobal Huet will be between the pipes for the Blackhawks. According to Terry Frei, Wojtek Wolski practiced with Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk on Friday so chances are decent he'll be back up on the first line tonight. He doesn't sound very happy about Thursday's 3rd period benching ("Wolski repeatedly said, 'I'll pass on that one,' when asked about the benching."); anyone else concerned that Joe Sacco's might be riding some of these guys a little too hard?

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Second City Hockey

Today in Colorado Avalanche History:

  • 1998 - Milan Hejduk scores first NHL goal against Ottawa
  • 2003 - Marek Svatos makes his NHL debut
  • 2005 - Wojtek Wolski scores his first NHL goal against Calgary