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Daily Cupcakes: January 13th, 2011

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DENVER - JANUARY 06:  Philippe Dupuis #11 of the Colorado Avalanche centers the puck against David Schlemko #6 of the Phoenix Coyotes at the Pepsi Center on January 6 2011 in Denver Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER - JANUARY 06: Philippe Dupuis #11 of the Colorado Avalanche centers the puck against David Schlemko #6 of the Phoenix Coyotes at the Pepsi Center on January 6 2011 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Chicago Sun-Times
Recap of the "game" last night.

"The standings are so tight right now," Pisani said. "Every point matters. We’ve been playing well the last couple games, but tonight was a good test for us to measure up against a team in our conference. They’re a strong team. They move the puck well. They’re a fast team."

 

A look at the five bigger snubs for the All-Star game

Like the league picking Washington's Mike Green over Colorado's John-Michael Liles. (Writes the Kurtenblog: "But what if Liles was prominently featured on HBO wearing moccasins while zipping around on his orange Vespa? Would he have got the nod then?")


Keeping on the All-Stars train... Ales Hemsky didn't think he'd be making a trip to to the All-Stars game.

Ales Hemsky didn't like his odds of playing in the NHL all-star game in Raleigh, N.C., so he planned a trip to Las Vegas with his girlfriend.

They would play a little blackjack, some craps, maybe take in one of the 33 Cirque du Soleil shows playing there.

I hope he got travellers insurance.


Bleacher Report looks into what five players could help the Avalanche at the Trade Deadline

It can be agreed that the Avalanche's weak points are on defense and in the net (which is largely a byproduct of the defense).