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Game 28 Preview: Flyers @ Avalanche

After a roller coaster road trip, the Avs (11-15-1) return home to face the red hot Philadelphia Flyers (18-10-3) and their home woes.

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The Avs return to Pepsi Center Wednesday night after splitting their four game road trip last week. For most bottom of the barrel teams, that would be a positive, but this last road trip came with one glaring blemish. Saturday night in Montreal was one gigantic dumpster fire. One could argue the 10-1 beating the Avs received at the hands of one of the NHL's best teams was perhaps the worst regular season loss in Avalanche history. The Avs put together a victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs the following night with the help of Semyon Varlamov and his 51 saves. The game went down as a win, but after the previous night's disaster, it was hardly a matter to celebrate. The high volume of work Varlamov received Sunday seemed to have trigger his annual reoccurring groin injury, as Varlamov will once again be out of the line-up with the similar ailment. With that, Calvin Pickard will get the start Wednesday following a failed start in Montreal that barely lasted seven minutes.

The Avalanche, who own the league's worst home record will have a chance to host the hottest team in the NHL on Wednesday night. The Flyers come into Wednesday as winners of their last nine games. The hot streak has turned the Flyers from a basement dweller in the Eastern conference to owners of the first wild card spot. Led by the resurgence of goaltender Steve Mason, the Flyers will look to continue their winning ways against an Avalanche squad that is struggling, but has been know to be good at stopping streaks in recent years.

LINES

Bourque-MacKinnon-Comeau

Rantanen-Duchene-Iginla

Landeskog-Soderberg-Grigorenko

McLeod-Mitchell-Martinsen

Zadorov-Barrie

Wierchioch-Goloubef

Beauchemin-Tyutin

Pickard

Martin

NOTES

John Mitchell recorded his first goal of the year in Boston on Thursday. It was his first goal in 28 games dating back to March 24th when he scored against the Philadelphia Flyers at home.

- The ten goals allowed Saturday night is the most ever surrendered by an Avalanche team.

-  The Avs have the worst goals differential in the NHL now.

GAME INFO

Game time: 8pm MT

TV: NBCSN