It's a beautiful day in Denver. Spring weather. The Sports headline of the Denver Post states:
"Avalanche get a bear of test against East power Boston Bruins"
It'll be a good matchup, should be lots of goals. High powered offense and a shaky blueline here. Avs fans are still grumbling about the treatment of their captain by Lucic in the last matchup, but I think Roy has been less interested in settling scores than everybody thought he would be. And they need the points.
Looks like a rare (these days) sell out here and lower bowl tickets are selling for double face value, so I expect a lot of black and gold in the seats. I'll be in the corner, 3rd row, B's attack zone, making sure that our boys are all playing with sticks of the correct length.
If you think Shawn Thornton is useless just watch Patrick Bordeleau (try to) skate around the ice. Stastny is a GTD.
BOSTON AT COLORADO
7 p.m. Friday, ALT; 94.1 FM
Spotlight on Jarome Iginla: In his 17th NHL season, the likely first-ballot Hall of Famer scored the 556th goal of his career Tuesday, tying Boston legend Johnny "The Chief" Bucyk for 25th all time. He plays right wing on a line with center David Krejci and Milan Lucic, a trio that has combined for a super plus-minus rating of plus-92.
Bruins: Defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who was drafted 61st overall by the Avalanche in 2002, has missed two games because of an injury but practiced Thursday in Denver and might play against his former team. Boychuk, 30, played only four games for the Avs in 2007-08. He was traded to Boston for forward Matt Hendricks on June 24, 2008. Boychuk helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011. His average ice time this season is 21:10.
Avalanche: Semyon Varlamov is expected to start in goal. ... Rookie Nathan MacKinnon and enforcer Patrick Bordeleau are the only players to have participated in all 70 games for the Avs.