We don't really know very much about the Avalanche. All we know is Peter Forsberg and Matt Duchene and neither of them are playing today. Forsberg retired after like six minutes. The Avalanche have lost eight straight games and 10 of their last 11. The Pens have lost four of their last five. It's quite a battle of the titans tonight.
It’s a dark and lonely place for Avs fans right now. Peter Forsberg retired officially, then the Avs came out and laid a Lady Gaga carriage of an egg for a game. To top it all off Phillipe Dupuis, one of the Avs best players over this never-ending losing streak, throws a completely unacceptable cheap shot to end the 1st period. A 9-1 drubbing at a random point in a season is tough, but can be shaken off relatively quickly. A 9-1 drubbing at the tail end (hopefully) of an 8-game losing streak is something altogether different. If Avs fans had an illusion of bouncing back and making the playoffs, this loss quickly obliterated that hope.
To Joe Sacco: Find a good real estate agent. To Avs fans: Prepare yourselves for an Avalanche team that looks a whole lot like the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters very shortly.
Season series: N/A
Last meeting: December 3rd, 2009 - Pens Won 4-1
What we said in our recap:
The Pens know how to win games. You don't. Nothing more, nothing less. The Nordiques played their balls off, but the world champs slowly pulled away. With 20 wins and the 40 points that come with them, we're watching the Penguins pull away from the pack in the Eastern Conference.
No real news on any of the injured players.
We don't even know.
Matt Duchene is out indefinitely.
We just remembered that Ray Bourque's number is retired in Colorado for some reason.
We would have liked to see Forsberg play.
Favorite Avalanche-related Photoshop or gif:
Brett Sterling - Jordan Staal - Nick Johnson
Pascal Dupuis - Craig Adams - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Max Talbot - Chris Conner
Ryan Craig - Joe Vitale - Tim Wallace
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland
If you would have said in October that the Pens starting line for a game in February would be Sterling-Staal-Johnson we would have laughed in your face. Now here we are.
Avalanche Lines from Empty Netters:
Kevin Porter - Mark Olver - Milan Hejduk
David Jones - Paul Stastny - Chris Stewart
Daniel Winnik - Ryan O'Reilly - Brandon Yip
Cody McLeod - Philippe Dupuis - David Koci
Ryan O'Byrne - John-Michael Liles
Kevin Shattenkirk - Ryan Wilson
Matt Hunwick - Cameron Gaunce