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Game 63 Preview And Open Thread: Avalanche At Rangers

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Colorado Avalanche
7:00 pm ET / 5:00 pm MT
New York Rangers
28-33-1 February 28, 2009
31-24-8
57 points
Madison Square Garden
70 points
15th in the West
New York, NY
7th in the East

Twenty games left. Twenty left in this season from...not quite hell, because it hasn't quite been that bad. Let's call it the season of purgatory. And speaking of "purging", this may be the next-to-last chance to see some fan favorites in those dreadful Avalanche uniprons. It also may be the next-to-last chance to seem some non-fan favorites in those dreadful Avalanche uniprons. Oh, to dream...Speaking of dreams, last night I dreamed Ryan Stoa got called up and had a big game in his NHL debut. Feel free to file that away for future reference - but keep in mind, I was watching the Stoa game in the Dunder-Mifflin basement so it's probably more an indicator that I have some serious issues and not a reliable predictor of the future.

The Avalanche have lost 3 in a row and haven't had a lead in the last 173 minutes of hockey. And most of that "hockey" has been rather dreadful. The Rangers have lost their last 4, but have a new coach - John Torterella - to turn things around. You may remember Torterella as one of the several good coaching candidates the Avalanche chose not to pursue this summer.

I mentioned this the other day, but the Rangers have one statistical oddity that really jumps out to me: they are ranked 6th in shots per game (32.3) but dead last in goals scored (2.29). Let's just hope they come up firing blanks again tonight.


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Peter Budaj 43 2498 16 24 1 4 124 2.98 1197 1073 .896 1


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Henrik Lundqvist 53 3137 26 20 7 3 132 2.52 1522 1390 .913 2


Tale of the Tape

Colorado Avalanche New York Rangers
57 26th Points 70 12th
2.58 22nd GF/G 2.29
30th
3.11
27th
GA/G 2.68 7th
16.5% 22nd PP% 13.8% 28th
79.2%
24th
PK% 87.3% 2nd
48.2%
24th
FO% 50.0% 17th
12.4 6th PIM/G 14.5 19th



Next Game

Colorado Avalanche
@ New York Rangers

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009, 5:00 PM MST
Madison Square Garden

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