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Game 3 Preview: Avalanche at Bruins

NHL Schedulers Take Mercy on Fans and Schedule Afternoon Game So Avs Fans Don't Have to Watch the Carnage Because They'll All Have Legit "Work" They'd Rather Be Doing.

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Colorado begins a 4-game East Coast swing with a business lunch game in Boston against the Bruins.  Having gotten shutout in a home-and-home with Minnesota, the Avs are still looking to break the seal on the regular season goal scoring.  Boston hasn't fared much better in their three games thus far, tallying only 3 goals total and coming off a 4-0 shutout from Washington. Still, last time I checked 3 was more than zero.  Nada. Goose egg.  None. Zilch.  Nought.  Nil. Diddly squat. Null. Cero. Nichts.  I could go on, but you get the point.  Unlike the Avs, amirite?!?!?!?

Boston hopes David Krejci is able to go for the game as he's been out with an undisclosed injury and has yet to suit up for the regular season. He'd likely be a welcome injection to a top 6 that is being re-tooled this season.  One of those missing tools will be suiting up in the visitor's dressing room as new Av Jarome Iginla makes his first return to TD Garden since signing a three-year deal with Colorado in the off-season.

Boston and Colorado trade road wins last season with the Avs taking the early season game in Beantown (their 7th win in a row there) before the Bruins returned the favor with a 2-0 shutout win at the Pepsi Center back in March. Vezina Trophy Winner Tuukka Rask will likely face off against the runner up, Semyon Varlamov face back-up netminder Reto Berra (the anti-Vezina in some circles) in what is sure to be a tight, defensive game with a low shot total and plenty of completely logical lines and defensive pairings.  I'm sure the Avalanche power play will find a way to not squander opportunities as well. Heck, I bet a handful of shits will be given...

You know what? Fuck it.  Here's the Preview. Somebody text me if there's any indication of Colorado not looking like clown shoes at both ends of the ice. If they're gonna act like it's still preseason, so am I.