Colorado Avalanche vs Los Angeles Kings Game Preview

Shane GirouxSenior Analyst IJanuary 21, 2009

The Avalanche are facing the Kings tonight but while that's going on, I'll be at SaskPlace—that's right, it's SaskPlace not Credit Union Center—watching the Blades hand the Wheat Kings a beating.

If anyone in Western Canada is on Shaw and interested in some junior hockey action, the virtually undefeated Vancouver Giants take on the Kelowna Rockets starting at 7:00 PST on the Shaw TV channel.

The Giants have just four losses in 44 games. Maybe the Canucks should swap rosters with them.

The Avs are on a huge winning streak* and though it would be nice to call a game against the Kings a slam dunk, that's just not the case.

I place the blame squarely at the skates of Scott Hannan.

He has 0 points in his last 27 games and that's just not acceptable.

What are we paying this guy $4.5M for anyways?

Peter Budaj will be back in net and will likely have Jonathon Quick staring back at him.

Hot or not?
Does two points in two games really mean a player is hot? TSN would have you believe so with seven players listed as "Hot" between these two teams.

You'd think with that many hot players that neither team would be in the bottom third of the standings.

Conversely, can you believe that Tyler Arnason has four points in his last five games? It's a bit surreal.

Game time
The puck drops at 9:00 ET and could either be really boring, or really exciting. Or it could be mediocre with no highs or lows.

But either way, they will be playing hockey.


*Said winning streak may or may not be just one game long.