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Game 3: Avalanche at Predators, Preview and Open Thread

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Colorado Avalanche
6pm MT / 8pm ET
Nashville Predators
2-0-0 October 8, 2009 1-0-0
4 pts
Sommet Center
2 pts
T-2nd in West
Nashville, TN
T-7th in West

*begin ESPN promo*

Two hockey giants! Both with an undefeated season on the line! ONLY ONE will remain undefeated! Plus, Brett Favre interview during the first intermission!

*end ESPN promo*

I think we've documented all the key points for the game already. The Avs are starting a big, long road trip. Yay for bonding. Craig Anderson's groin appears to be better (not that I've seen it firsthand, mind you). Ruslan Salei will play tonight. Perhaps T.J. Hensick as well? David Jones is on the trip, but isn't ready to play yet.

Dirk Hoag has a great preview up over at On The Forecheck. It has many, many words. Some of the more important points: scumbag Jordin Tootoo is out, as is JP Dumont. Dan Ellis appears to be the starter and old friend Ben Guite should be in the lineup.

I will say this: it's been a strange day for me today. I fully expect tonight's game to be bizarre in some way. I can't wait to find out exactly what's in store. Go Avs!

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On the Forecheck

Today in Avalanche History: Joe Sakic's first NHL goal (1988 vs New Jersey) and Paul Stastny's first NHL point (2006 vs Vancouver)