AVALANCHE DANGER FOR BLACKHAWKS

The Blackhawks want to push the pace.  No team does that better that the Colorado Avalanche who make their final regular season appearance tonight.

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The Avs are so fast, that they take teams completely out of their systems.  And, they're missing some of their fastest players.  

Fernando Pisani mentioned this morning that the Blackhawks -- who've dropped all three meetings against Colorado this year -- have to take away time and space. 

How do you do that?

"You have to finish your checks and get in their skating lanes, so they can't get a full head of steam coming down on our D," Pisani said.  "Forwards have to come back to disrupt their odd-man rushes."

The Avs have steadily dropped in the standings.  Goaltending is a significant issue.  Peter Budaj gets his first start this year against the Blackhawks.  

These are two big points, with a home-and-home with Nashville looming.

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