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GDT: Carolina Hurricanes Vs Colorado Avalanche - Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 9:00 PM EST

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The End of the Road...

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Denver, CO - Thursday December 19, 2019 - 9:00 PM EST

 

 

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Well, aren't we all giddy over this current road trip!  One can argue (and I LOVE to argue!!) that this is one of the most dominating road trips we have seen in some time.  There probably wouldn't be much rebuff to that statement based on recent results.  The mighty Carolina Hurricanes (21-11-2) hope to bolster that claim as they finish up their western swing against the powerful Colorado Avalanche (22-9-3). Two forces of nature collide...something has to give.

 

Carolina is coming off a spectacular, highlight-filled 6-3 victory over a formidable Winnipeg Jets team. It was as close to complete domination as we have seen, although the Edmonton and Calgary results could certainly compete with this latest performance.  The Canes look to keep the good times rolling as they take the ice at Pepsi Center on Thursday night. Carolina is clicking right now. They are playing with purpose and determination. They are playing for each other. They are playing for their coach. They are playing for the win.

 

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This will be yet another match where the Canes' opponent has a comparable record to them.  The Avs are tough, they are skilled, and they are good. The visitors will need to be on top of their game to exit the arena victorious. Every indication so far tells us there is a solid probability of it happening.  Colorado comes into Thursday night's contest on a back-to-back situation. They played in Chicago on Wednesday night.

 

Carolina and Colorado will be locking horns for the first time this season.  Both clubs split the season series last year: the Avs wining 3-1 in Raleigh on October 20, 2018 and the Canes blanking the Avs 3-0 in Denver on March 11, 2019.  Colorado will be at PNC Arena on February 28, 2020.

 

Things are fun right now.  The team is playing at a high level, and there are good vibes around.  Word of a possible Erik Haula return in the foreseeable future strengthens morale for the team and fans.  As savvy fans, we understand this sport has ebbs and flows; win some lose some, etc. The Canes are collecting valuable standings points here before the holidays, and it could pay dividends as the Metro meat-grinder of the season churns.

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6 minutes ago, MisterDobz said:

Abs beat the Blackhawks in their warm-up, 4-1, in a game that was not as close as the score indicates.  They’re gonna be tough.

Basically the Avs had the night off except for travel.  

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Well, since John called their game on NBC-SN tonight, maybe they’ll be nice and offer him a seat on their plane back to Denver?

 

I’m elated at how the trip has turned out thus far...but tomorrow night’s game worries me the most of all of em.  Last game on a grueling road trip against arguably the best team in the West.  Here’s hoping we chase Grubauer like we did Hally 

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Time to grab 2 more points, take 9 out of a possible 10 and hit tobacco road boys!!!!  Aggressive forecheck, net front presence and Slavin up #29's behind all night and we should have this.

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AVs aren't a one man team but containing MacKinnon would go a long way in the effort to win. This should be a nice test for both teams. No matter what happens it has been a successful road trip. A win would be really great.

 

Only two points behind the Isles. Time to put them behind us and go after the Caps.

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I love that I really feel great about either goalie. This is the ultimate gravy game. We've played so well to this point that a loss would not be a big deal. But at the same time this is a great test game. We are starting to power rank in line with our points percentage record or even better, but Colorado is ranked top 2-3 in most rankings. Especially at home (at altitude), this will be a great test. These guys can just annihilate you. But then, lately, so can we. 

 

Let's get the gravy!  

 

Plus how fun is it to be in a battle of the Titans where we're one of the Titans?

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If they can pull this one out tonight, it will be awesome. About to watch Episode 9 and then will hopefully make it home in time to watch the final 2 periods of the game. I will make sure to post lots of spoilers for everyone interested...😁

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Do what you do. As of late. Then fans...sit back and enjoy what just might be the highest paced game of hockey played in....in...Have we ever played a game against high powered speed when they were playing against high powered speed too. Lol. Looks like fun and would be a stamp on a tough trip that we have made look much easier at times than it should have been. This may be the toughest opponent, but a road roll is still a roll. Couple others on the trip were sorta rolling at the time too, and got their reality check. Not greedy in December, but it'd be nice just to see the talking heads folks notice and comment on a 9/10 western swing against 0 slouches.

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11 minutes ago, coastal_caniac said:

Another nice starter Surf, and I feel like the Canes will be in the game to the end.  Only 30 minutes to pregame.

Thanks sir. I think we take this . Why not? Time to clown another overrated opponent 😎.

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Hockeying around the Christmas 🎄 tree! Cold night, holiday spirit, just started a two-week vacation from work, Canes hockey, lasagna, rum and eggnog.... life is good 😎

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