Friday, November 7, 2008

Avalanche vs Wild, Game 13 Preview

Well that was a long layoff. The Avalanche haven't played hockey since their 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on October 23rd so I expect them to be well rested for tonight's home game against the Minnesota Wild.Sakic hurt?The big question tonight is whether Joe Sakic will be in the lineup or not. He left yesterday's practice with a strained back but Tony Granato claimed it wasn't serious.It sounds like his status depends on the morning skate which - as I'm late writing this - should have already happened.Has anyone heard the latest?UPDATE: Dater reports Sakic is doubtful and the Avalanche have recalled T.J. Hensick.This cloud could have a silver lining. If Hensick shows he's ready for the big leagues, it could make a certain someone expendable.We can keep hoping, right?Home sweet homeTonight will also be a chance for Francois Giguere to come face-to-face with his bonehead move of the offseason - bringing in Darcy Tucker to replace Andrew Brunette.Brunette: 11 games - 4 goals, 4 assistsTucker: 12 games - 1 goal, 3 assistsAnd let's not get started on the character that Brunette brought to the locker room as noted in this DP article.Is it too late to start a grassroots "Bring back Bruno" petition?Comment issuesApparently some folks are having trouble posting comments on the site. I've added a poll to see how many people are having troubles. If it's more than just a couple people, I'll roll back to the old, sucky comment system until things start working again. Come on, Google! Roll out a solid, working embedded comment system. It's been a long time coming.Game timeThe puck drops at 9:00 ET, 7:00 MT, 8 CBLT (crazy backwards land time) Are you having trouble commenting on the site? ( polls)Related LinksPre-game video: Paul StastnyPre-game video: Ian LaperrierePre-game video: Tony GranatoAvalanche report: A crisis of identityBrunette hasn't missed a beat in Wild engagementThings you think about while trying to watch the U.S. election and five hockey games at the same time (ok, it's not related but it's still good reading)Source

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