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Game 54: Avalanche At Blue Jackets, Preview And Open Thread

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Colorado Avalanche
7:00 pm ET / 5:00 pm MT
Columbus Blue Jackets
25-27-1 January 13, 2009 25-23-5
51 points
Nationwide Arena
55 Points
14th in West
Columbus, OH
10th in West

These teams last faced each other on January 13th. At the time, the Avs were in 8th and the Blue Jackets were in 9th, just 1 point behind. Colorado was riding a three game winning streak after wins over Nashville, Chicago and Pittsburgh. Our prospects for making the playoffs were very much alive. Key word there is "were".

The Avs were playing a decent game, but fell apart in the 3rd period allowing 3 goals in just over 2 minutes - energizing the crazed Columbus fans and even crazier Columbus announcers - and ended up losing 4-3. Since that fateful Tuesday, the Avalanche have been in a tailspin, losing 8 of 11 and dropping from 8th to 14th in the standings. Instead of fighting for a playoff spot, the Avs are fighting to stay out of last; the Blues are just one point back and will be hosting Vancouver tonight.

Enjoy the game thread, folks, and remember: it's your last opportunity to make BJ jokes until the fall...


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Peter Budaj 40 2321 16 21 1 3 114 2.95 1119 1005 .898 1


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Dan LaCosta 2 96 1 0 0 0 4 2.50 49 45 .918 0