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Game 73: Avalanche At Sharks, Preview And Open Thread

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Colorado Avalanche
8pm ET / 6pm MT
San Jose Sharks
31-39-2 March 22nd, 2009
47-14-10
64 points
HP Pavilion
104 Points
15th in West
San Jose, CA
2nd in West

For most of the day, I've been doing some light reading on the Avs' Cup runs for some future articles. Now I've got to change gears from the glory days to the dark days so that I can write this recap. Yuck.

The Avalanche played an awful game against a good-but-not-great Edmonton Oilers team. Now they have to throw their weak-ass shit at a much better team - the San Jose Sharks. Yeah, that should work.

But, wait! Is that the calvary I hear? Uh, well, no...it's just Ruslan Salei. Salei will return to the lineup tonight after missing three games with a foot injury. It's nice to have him back...but that's probably not going to be enough. None of the other injured players - Stastny, Tucker, Tjarmin, Foote - made the trip to San Jose (the Avalanche return to Denver for their next game on Wednesday).

Peter Budaj gets a merciful reprieve after enduring Thursday's game. Andrew Raycroft gets the start, with Brian Boucher the expected starter for San Jose.

I sure hope that I get the San Jose feed tonight, so that I can hear them talk more about The Minister of Defense!


Andrew Raycroft

#1 / Goalie / Colorado Avalanche

6-0

185

May 04, 1980



GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Andrew Raycroft 26 1465 12 12 0 2 77 3.15 716 639 .892 0


Brian Boucher

#33 / Goalie / San Jose Sharks

6-2

198

Jan 02, 1977



GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Brian Boucher 21 1232 11 6 3 2 45 2.19 542 497 .917 2