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Game 56 Preview: Avalanche @ Hurricanes

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After getting blanked by the Sabres, the Avalanche (15-38-2) head south to take on the Carolina Hurricanes (24-22-7).

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The Avalanche continue to sink to new lows. Thursday night the Avs threw together a disorganized outing and were dominated by the Sabres in every facet of the game. The Avs will be right back at it Friday against a team they have been connected to a lot in trade rumors.

The Hurricanes are loaded with young defensive talent and could use a solid offensive star like Matt Duchene. The two team seem destined to trade with each other, but have yet to find the perfect deal. The teams' GMs will have an entire game to talk to each other Friday night. Will it be the Avs' 12th straight road loss?

LINES

Landeskog-MacKinnon-Rantanen

Grigorenko-Duchene-Nieto

Comeau-Mitchell-Iginla

Colborne-Soderberg-Martinsen

Barberio-Zadorov

Beauchemin-Barrie

Tyutin-Goloubef

Smith

Pickard

NOTES

- The Hurricanes have five defensemen age 23 or younger under contract that were drafted in the first round.

- Thursday's game was the ninth time the Avalanche have been shutout this season.

- Because the Avs play may be making you ask why you even still like this team, the latest entry for new Avs goal song...

GAME INFO

Game time: 5:30pm MT

TV: ALT