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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Pre-game vs St. Louis - Dec 13, 2006

Well, this is going to be a quick one since the game is almost on. I just got back from Chicago where I was bombarded with information about the Blackhawks. Day and night it's all they talk about up there. Ok, actually all they talk about is the Bears. With a bit of the Bulls. And some Sox talk. Then if they have time, they might remind people that they have a hockey team.

So this will be the first time the Blues play the Avs under new head coach Andy Murray. Andy lost out on his debut against the Hawks and will be hoping his team can rebound against the Avs. Should be interesting to see how the team responds to their new coach in the long run. It's working for the Jackets so far.

The Avs, in turn, are coming off a solid 5-2 win against the defending Cup champs. It was a solid win as they came back from a 2-1 deficit in the third to come away with the win. 3 of those 4 goals came on the powerplay which is great! The PP needs to click, especially since the PK isn't. The Canes were only 1 for 7 on Monday though so that's...ok.

Peter Budaj gets the start after the win against Carolina. Let's hope he doesn't lose tonight and get benched. Man, what a screwed up idea this goalie "rotation" is. He played a great game against Carolina so let's hope the team shows up to support him.

Injuries
Hejduk is day-to-day with facial lacertions but may play tonight. Leopold is sidelined with a mystery injury that could be to his groin. He is undergoing tests still I believe. Svatos was out last game with the flu but I would think is back tonight.

Legace and Sanford are out so it will be Bacashihua or Schwarz. Schwarz was last night so I'd look to Bacashihua. Orszagh is out for the season after knee surgery.

Hot
Sakic has 8 in the last 3. Good grief. Brunette has 4 in 2 (told you he'd be up here soon!), Wolski and Clark have 4 in 3 and Liles has 7 in 6.

Guerin has 6 in 6, Rucinsky has 4 in 4 and Cajanek has 3 in 3.

Cold
Stastny has 0 in 5. Where'd you go Paul? Budaj is in the Cold column due to his numbers in the past 5 games, but let's see how today goes before he officially falls here.

McClement and Stempniak have 0 in 5.

Goaltenders
Peter Budaj - 6-6-1 - 2.5 GAA, .910 save pct
Jason Bacashihua - 0-2-1 - 3.82 GAA, .882 save pct

Standings
Colorado - 14-14-2 - 5th in NW, 10th in West (man I'm sick of typing those exact standings each time)
St. Louis - 7-18-4 - 5th in Central, 15th in West

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