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Friday, November 30, 2007

Gameday: Avalanche @ San Jose

The goalie rotation is over and Mr. Jibblescribbits has an early Christmas present as Peter Budaj is scheduled to make the start tonight against the Sharks. Jose Theodore allowed 13 goals in his last 3 games so Q must have figured it was time to let him study from the bench again.

Tonight also marks the return of Scott Hannan to HP Pavilion Arena. Not "the HP Pavilion Arena" as Drew Remanda told us last night on the Drew Remanda sports show. Why no "the"? I'm guessing just because corporate arena naming is such a crapshoot that they can do whatever they damn well please.

And as you're all aware, T.J. Hensick will be with the team in San Jose as the Avalanche recalled him yesterday. As DD notes, callups typically sit their first game in the press box so I wouldn't be surprised if he watches from above.

However, if as speculated, - again by myself and DD - Sakic's injury is a bit more than the Avalanche are letting on, Hensick might slot himself into the lineup tonight. The Sharks have been a less than physical team so there's no need to have our "enforcer" Scott Parker in the lineup. Then it's just a choice of which fourth-liner to sit.

Or...and this is a crazy thought, the Avalanche could roll three scoring lines and a fourth line that is full of grinders, not supplemented with players such as Marek Svatos.

As for the Sharks, they've been an enigma lately. After another loss to the LA Kings Wednesday night, on home ice no less, the Sharks faithful are a bit upset. The Mercury News is putting it at the hands of captain Patrick Marleau.

And why not? With Jeremy Roenick putting up more points than Marleau, it's time for Patrick to kick it in gear and get out of his slump. Hopefully he waits until their next game though.

Colorado - 27 points, 13-9-2, 3rd in NW, 8th in West
San Jose - 26 points, 11-8-4, 3rd in Pacific, 10th in West

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Ryan said...

Speaking of Svatos, he's out with a groin injury.

Shane Giroux said...

Thanks for the note, Ryan. I saw mention of it on the forums but Rotoworld doesn't have Svatos on their list:

Where did you hear it from?

Shane Giroux said...

Whoops. It's in a link from this very post! I just stopped reading after the start time but there it is in the RMN:

Injuries: Colorado - RW Ian Laperriere (sprained knee), D Jordan Leopold (broken wrist) and RW Marek Svatos (groin) are out; Sakic (groin) is day to day.

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