Ah, the Central Division. Every in-division matchup promises to be a rough and tumble death match between rivals, though some of the new arrivals aren't exactly rivalry material. The Wild? Meh. Jets? Meh.
The Avalanche? Now you're talkin'. Here's the penalty list from the Blues' 7-3 win on November 14th:
Just a meeting between friends, no?
Unfortunately Ryan Reaves is still out with a broken hand, so any fisticuffs that happen tonight will be handled by a non-bruiser. It'll probably be Chris Stewart, who does not seem to enjoy playing against his former team and also seems to enjoy taking himself off of the ice by fighting someone from the opposition that is inconsequential.
The Blues have yet to win with Ken Hitchcock as coach in Colorado. As Hitch told the Post-Dispatch's Dan O'Neill:
"I still haven't seen us play well in this building," Hitchcock added. "This is a perfect time for us to play a good game. We're going to be forced to, because they're going to play a good game. That's why I'm looking forward to seeing how we respond in this building."
The Avs'll be looking to respond to a beatdown; the Blues'll be looking to respond to a few close losses.
This is your game day thread. Stop prepping the stuffing and get ready for some hockey. Let's get two points. Let's make Patrick Roy mad. Let's see another Avalanche double goalie switch. Let's do this.
Let's go Blues.