Avalanche-Leafs: Game Preview

Shane GirouxSenior Analyst IJanuary 29, 2009

I just finished playing some parking lot hockey and, boy, did I feel old.

I'm still in Phase One of a recovery from a prolonged illness, so I'll pretend that's the problem. It certainly has nothing to do with the big 3-0 creeping up on me in a little over a year.

*waits for the 30+ crowd to throw some stones my way*

Big News:
The big news tonight is that David Jones is injured and Cody McCormick is back.

After sitting out a few games, Jones was injured in the first game back after a jarring check from Douglas Murray of the San Jose Sharks.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Douglas Murray hits hard and it's best to just stay out of his way.

Unfortunately, Jones didn't heed my advice and is now listed as day-to-day.

So much for the 30-goal season, eh? What idiot predicted that?

Injury updates:
In other news, Adam Foote is still out with a triceps tear, Paul Stastny took a few laps after practice yesterday, and Joe Sakic continues to avoid snowblowers.

Old teammates, old story:

Oh, and Andrew Raycroft and Darcy Tucker are facing their former team for the first time since the Avs picked them up in the offseason.

But did anybody not know that?

Throw it in:

horbayj asked in the comments of my Minister of Defense post when it was time to throw in the towel.

I said if the Avs can't beat the Leafs at home, it might be time to call it a season.

I hope I don't have to hold myself to that.

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