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Game 52: Stars at Avalanche, Preview And Open Thread

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Dallas Stars
9:00 pm ET / 7:00 pm MT
Colorado Avalanche
24-18-7 February 5th, 2009
24-26-1
55 points
Pepsi Center
49 Points
6th in West
Denver, CO
14th in West

Here's what you need to know: if the Avalanche lose in regulation tonight and the Blues win against Edmonton, your Colorado Avalanche will be in last place in the Western Conference. Oof. That's not exactly how this 8-game home stand was supposed to play out.

The game features two rather porous teams - the Avs are 25th in goals against average and the Stars are even worse at 27th. One of the two teams is able to take advantage of that. And no, it's not Colorado; Dallas is ranked 11th in offense while the Avs...21st.

Both teams stink on the powerplay and the penalty kill, so I have no idea what will happen if a penalty is called. Perhaps each side will spare us the two minutes of agony and just do rock, paper, scissors to decide the PP outcome.


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Marty Turco 46 2716 23 16 7 5 133 2.94 1219 1086 .891 2


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Peter Budaj 38 2201 15 20 1 3 108 2.94 1072 964 .899 1