Colorado Avalanche at Phoenix Coyotes - Game #76 Preview - Peter? No Idea Who You're Talking About...

Remember once upon a time when GM Don Maloney did that awesome trade with the Avalanche that netted us Wojtek Wolski and we had to give them Kevin Porter and some other guy? That was a really good trade eh? I guess that other guy has gotten them a few points, but the Phoenix Coyotes went on a tear after he left and the Avs have been slipping a bit and are looking to fall to maybe 8th. Eep. Too soon to see who won that deal, but hey, so long as we're winning now am I right? Yeah...

The Coyotes are looking to get fully back on track after a come back overtime loss to Nashville. The Coyotes showed a lot of heart battling back from a 3-1 deficit with 10 minutes left in the game to get one point out of the game, and more importantly broke out of a funk they had been in through the Chicago game and into the Nashville one. they'll need the momentum to finally clinch their playoff spot tonight. Lee Stempniak finally scored again after a brutal 2 game drought (kidding) with the early goal, but it wasn't enough to get us over the top. We'll need to bring it tonight.

The 'Lanche haven't been doing terribly, they just haven't been quite as good as the teams around them. They beat the Kings in overtime on Wednesday, but had lost their previous 3 games. (Ducks, Kings and Flames) They haven't done terribly and really aren't in danger of missing the Playoffs, just in danger of slipping and getting what may not be the best matchup. 

Starting Goalies


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Ilya Bryzgalov 64 3776 39 19 144 2.29 1821 1677 .921 8

The only game Bryz probably doesn't play from here on out is one of either the Canucks or Flames games in the back-to-back later this week. I'd say to rest him, but he's still looking sharp. Maybe the defense needs a rest...


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Craig Anderson 64 3811 36 21 161 2.53 2029 1868 .921 7

They're not putting Budaj in with how much the Avs could use th points right now. Anderson has been outstanding this year, but they need him to continue.... but not tonight...

Key Players


Wojtek "Volvo" Wolski

#86 / Left Wing / Phoenix Coyotes

6-3

210

Feb 24, 1986


I know I usually put Stempniak here, and he did get the goal the other night, but Wolski still wants to prove something to the Avs. Go out there and do it tonight kid.


Peter Mueller

#88 / Center / Colorado Avalanche

6-2

205

Apr 14, 1988


BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Oh and BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

The Infirmary


Phoenix Coyotes Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kurt Sauer head 10/07/2009
Scottie Upshall knee 01/29/2010


Colorado Avalanche Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Darcy Tucker other-excused 03/25/2010

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ryan Wilson concussion 03/25/2010

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
David Koci hand 02/09/2010
David Jones knee 11/29/2009
Brandon Yip shoulder 03/02/2010
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