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Game 13 Preview: Avalanche at Flames


Colorado Avalanche
7:30 MT / 9:30 ET
Calgary Flames
October 28, 2009 7-2-1
20 pts
Pengrowth Saddledome
15 pts
Still #1
Calgary, AB
t-3rd in West


Boy, how about that game last night, eh?

Okay, actually, as you saw in my recap last night, I've been a little busy lately at work. In the old days, I could churn one of these out in the morning in cubicle land. I switched jobs this week and I don't have that luxury at the moment. So, I'm doing the previews the night before for a while. In this case, I'm writing most of this before the Avs and Oilers dropped the puck, so some info may not have that morning fresh feeling.

The Avalanche tonight will be playing their 4th game in 6 nights tonight. They are banged up, flu'd up and, I'm guessing, a wee bit travel weary. Meanwhile, the slack-ass Calgary Flames are in the middle of a 5-game home stand and have been lounging around since they last played on Saturday. Calgary is off to a good start, and they are a perfect 5-0 against the NW division. The Flames are lead in scoring by freaking Rene Bourque. He has 14 effin' points so far in 10 games. This from a guy who's career best is 40 points. Nigel Dawes and Dustin Boyd both have 6 points already. Seriously, did they do something to the water up there? Even that clown Phaneuf is doing well.

I'm assuming it will be Anderson v Kiprusoff tonight. [Update: confirmed.]

ADDENDUM: Calgary Herald preview

Avalanche difference maker: T.J. Galiardi. This former Calgary Hitman and native Calgarian is basically on home turf tonight.