Happy Hockey Weekend in America!

I would post a picture of myself in my favorite jersey, but my camera is having a midlife crisis.

On to the Avalanche news of the day:

Matt Duchene is scheduled to play tomorrow! After 20 games, he will be making his (hopefully) glorious return in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The roster is filled at maximum capacity right now, with 23 players, and there has been no word about who will be making room for Duchene. I can only speculate, but these are the most likely options from my point of view:

A) Either Mueller or Giguere will be put on IR. This will be retroactive to Wednesday, February 15. That means they can be reactivated on Wednesday, February 22. If neither of them is in the lineup tomorrow, this seems like a smart choice, as the Avs do not play again until the 22nd.

B) Cedrick Desjardins will be sent back down to Lake Erie, and Giguere will come and back up Varlamov tomorrow night. This depends on how Giguere’s injury is feeling, obviously. If he is feeling well enough to back up, and play in a relief role if necessary. then this makes the most sense.

Other, more unlikely scenarios involve sending a skater back down to Lake Erie.


Colorado at Winnipeg, 6:30 pm MT

The Avs and the Jets will meet for the second and final time this year. The previous matchup, on December 27, 2011 was played in Colorado. Winnipeg won the game 4-1, though it is worth noting it was the second game of a back to back for Colorado. The Jets are similar to the Avs and the Oilers in that they like to play a fast game. If the Avs can duplicate their performance from last night, they will give themselves a good chance to win. However, Winnipeg is playing better hockey than the Avs last opponent (Edmonton). Both the Jets and the Avs are in 10th place in their respective conferences, and thus both will be battling hard during the game.


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