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Note To Nik Jr.: Pete’s Gonna Play

In the midst of the love fest going on below, I thought it might be important to inject this little tidbit.

Peter Forsberg’s probably going to play tomorrow night.  I have something to say about that development.  First, here’s the facts as reported by our erstwhile Diggers.

St. James

Update from Centennial, Colorado, where the Avalanche just finished up practice: Peter Forsberg is a definite maybe for Game 3.
Forsberg, sidelined by a groin injury, skated on a line with Joe Sakic and Andrew Brunette.

Asked Monday if he was ready to go, Forsberg said “we’ll see tomorrow,” but added that he “felt great.”

Joel Quenneville said Forsberg “looked good,” in practice.

 

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Digging Monday

The Diggers are feeling all retrospective.  They’re thinking about Round 1 at the SoGay and 1999 and 2001.  They’re unified, as usual, in their reporting this morning.  Each of them astute in their predictions that playing underneath the retired jersey of Dive legend Ray Bourque, the home team will most certainly provide a bit more resistance.

Kulfan

The Wings’ main concern heading into Tuesday’s game is to make sure the Avalanche don’t regain any hope.

“We don’t want to take anything for granted,” Osgood said. “It doesn’t matter who is in or out for them. It’s never easy, and we know that.”

A roaring Pepsi Center crowd and possibly seeing Forsberg and Hannan in the lineup should invigorate the Avalanche.

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No Arguments Here Joel

Peter Budaj’s stopped 39 of the 40 shots he’s faced.  JoeSay Three or Four’s not been so fortunate, allowing 8 goals on 36 shots.  No one would question Joel Quenneville if he decided in favor of Budaj starting Tuesday night.  It’s the common sense approach. 

Joel?

Rick Sadowski

“Jose’s going to play,” Quenneville said. “He’s been our guy. He’s had a great stretch run for us and was great in the first series and we expect him to be a big factor going forward in this series.”

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After 2….Absolut

Courtesy of official A2Y graphic artist, Team Dub.

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Note To Mr. I:  Set aside 100K.  No, Set aside 400K

Little Gary Bettman has taken Octogate a step further.  As John Niyo points out, he’s now stationed an off-ice official at the Joe’s ice entrance to prevent Al Sobotka from even touching an Octopus, much less swing it.

Last game, as you’ll remember, Sobotka waited and waited for the linesmen to do his old job for him—there’s a skill to it, they discovered—then after they brought the octopus to him, he swung it in the tunnel, and the fans roared as the JLA jumbotron showed him twirling in exile.

Saturday, Van Massenhoven was there to make sure that didn’t happen, apparently. The first octopus was picked up by Avs rookie Cody McLeod, who taunted the Wings’ bench with his catch and then hurled it over the visitors’ bench and into the crowd. But the two splats that followed at the other end of the ice—a message to the NHL front office, I’d say—were scooped up by linesmen, who then passed them down the chain of command, bypassing Sobotka.

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Decisions In Denver

Anyone predict a sweep?  Anybody?  One guy did.

Ken Campbell, The Hockey News Senior writer

Detroit over Colorado 4-0 – Just a hunch, but it says here the Red Wings will prick the Jose Theodore bubble early and once that happens, the floodgates will open and pucks will come rushing through.

Am I ready to join that parade, even up 2-0?  No, not yet.  But I do have a couple other views your family may find interesting.

 

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Get Off The Babysitter Joel….It’s A Game 2 Live Blog

Shane, Avs Talk

Wings fans, feel free to poke fun at the team we cheer for - it’s what you do in sports - but never question the loyalty of our true fan base.

Noted

Garcia had long hair and makeup and was wearing an Avalanche jersey, according to authorities.

It’s a Game 2 Live Blog.

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A Tidbit For The Confident Dive Fan

Official A2Y attorney at large, Okie Jeff, posted this over at the KK forum this morning.  For the Dive fans and bloggers who have begun to frequent our happy home the last few days, I give this to you.

Jose Theodore allowed four goals in 21 minutes before being pulled in favor of Peter Budaj in the Avalanche’s loss. Theodore has a 17-9 career record in first-round games, but he’s 2-14 in the second round and has lost his last 12 second-round decisions.

Live Blog kicks off at 1445 EST.  Yes, Dive fans, you’re more than welcome to join us.  Your viewpoints are valued, as always.

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It’s a Game 2 Saturday.  Want Some Keys?

Update 1240 EST:  Dandenault stays.

Spring time in the nation’s capitol (al).  Absolutely perfect weather. A day made to take the top down on the jeep, load up the family and drive down (over, up? I have no idea) to Maryland’s eastern shore and thank all that is holy for the opportunity we have to enjoy all of nature’s wonders.

So I think I’ll break out the Pepe Lopez, sit cris-cross applesauce on the floor and rock back and forth for the next 7 hours until the game starts.

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Is Your Tummy Ok?

I’m not sure I’ve made myself clear on this issue, so maybe it’s time I expanded just a bit on my feelings for Dive “fans”.  We’ll get to that, as usual. But first…this.

I don’t care if Forsberg’s hurt, Wolski’s done, Jose 3 or 4 has himself case of the runs. None of that matters. Actually, it does matter. It makes me happy.

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