Hejduk and Svatos may be out, Ryan Stoa is getting his shot, and first place in the Northwest Division is on the line.
Going to be a fun night of hockey.
A quick look at the standings proves this to be a much more important game than a simple December meeting.
-Sure, the Avs and Flames are tied with 42 points apiece, but the Flames have three games-in-hand. The Avalanche can't just keep pace, they need to be out ahead.
-With 36 points, the Canucks are six points behind the Avs. After tonight, Vancouver will also have three games in hand. Time to put Vancouver behind the pace a bit.
-I'm starting to forget the meaning of a win streak. It's been a long time since the Avs have won more than two games in a row. Tonight would still only be #2.
-Next up? Washington. With 46 points and 108 goals, the Caps lead the league in both categories. Avs not only have to build momentum for that game, they need to win to ensure they don't lose the next two.
Time for Duchene to make his mark against a Northwest Division team.