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Game 65 Preview: Hurricanes @ Avalanche

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After yet another shutout loss, the Avalanche (17-44-3) continue a four-game home-stand against the Carolina Hurricanes (26-26-10).

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It's windy in Denver. Maybe it's because the Hurricanes are coming to town, or maybe it's just because the Avalanche suck so much. For a team that has said it is relieved that the trade deadline has come and passed so they can just play hockey, they sure are playing hockey just like they were before the deadline or perhaps even worse. With only two goals in the last four games, the Avs' play can only go up. Maybe that play will improve as those winds blow some of the NHL's bottom-feeders Colorado-way. The Avs play teams in the NHL's bottom-six in five of the next six games. The Avs are still the worst, but can they knock off some teams closer to them in the standings?

LINES

Landeskog-MacKinnon-Bourque

Rantanen-Duchene-Andrighetto

Mitchell-Compher-Comeau

Grigorenko-Soderberg-Nieto

Beauchemin-Johnson

Tyutin-Barrie

Barberio-Goloubef

Pickard

Smith

NOTES

- The Avalanche have been outscored 15-2 in the last four games.

- The Avalanche have now been shutout as many times as they have won in regulation this season.

- With the Hurricanes coming to town, here is the next entry for next great Avalanche goal song...

GAME INFO

Game time: 7pm MT

TV: ALT