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Game 57 Preview: Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche


[Disclaimer: I wrote this last night before the terrible Forsberg news today. This is obviously pretty depressing stuff, but I wouldn't done this had I known. Sorry to pile on the depressing news]

Since the last time the Avalanche won a game...

...the Avalanche have been outscored 40-18

...6 teams have passed them in the standings

...the 14 other Western Division clubs have won a combined 70 games and earned 91 points

...the team has traveled about 6,500 miles

...the Avalanche have lost to 3 different backup goaltenders and been shutout twice

...Craig Anderson and Peter Budaj have each been pulled once

...Brett Clark has 5 points, two more than anyone on the Avs

...Tyler Arnason has 2 points in 3 games (reaction)

...John-Michael Liles has zero points and is -7

...Chris Stewart has been held scoreless in all but one game

...Stewart and Ryan O'Reilly have both been a healthy scratch

...9,678 seats went unsold at the Pepsi Center (3 games)

...the Avs have had the lead for a total of 15:43 and have had the lead for more than 3 minutes just once

...the Avalanche have had zero 2-goal leads and just one 3rd period lead

...the Avs have gone to an intermission with a lead one time

...Avalanche goalies have an .809 save percentage

...Opposing goalies have a .909 save percentage

...the Avalanche have zero power play goals (20 opportunities)

...the Avs have 3 3-star mentions (O'Byrne, Hejduk and Duchene)

...Egypt kicked out a ruler

...pitchers and catchers have reported

...Peter Forsberg started playing hockey again...and then retired.

...Brett Favre did not come out of retirement (yet)

...we've all grown 3 weeks older, and 4 Avs have celebrated birthdays (*me waves at Milan Hejduk)

...approximately 213,000 babies have been born in the US

...1,764 or so members of a certain despicable blog are very, very disappointed.

so, uh, Go Avs!


 Colorado  Calgary
 24th  56  Points  15th  64 
 7th  2.98  GF/G  14th  2.78 
 30th  3.32  GA/G  19th  2.88 
 12th  19  PP%  21st  16.4 
 27th  78  PK%  17th  81.5 
 18th  30.1  S/G  16th  30.4 
 20th  31.2  SA/G  3rd  28.1 
 22nd  49.6  FO%  25th  48.4 
 17th  12.5  PIM/G  10th  11.4 
 Duchene  47 pts Top Scorer  Iginla  54 pts