Minnesota Wild @ Colorado Avalanche: Game 49

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Minnesota Wild (23-18-7) at Colorado Avalanche (26-22-2)

Pepsi Center @ 8:00 PM CST
Television: NBCSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or Wild.com

For the Colorado perspective, check out Mile High Hockey

Minnesota Wild Colorado Avalanche

Nick Johnson - Kyle Brodziak - Dany Heatley
Cal Clutterbuck - Matt Cullen - Devin Setoguchi
Darroll Powe - Warren Peters - Carson McMillan
Jed Ortmeyer - Chad Rau - Matt Kassian

Nick Schultz - Jared Spurgeon
Justin Falk - Nate Prosser
Clayton Stoner - Greg Zanon

Josh Harding
Niklas Backstrom

Peter Mueller - Paul Stastny - T.J. Galiardi
Gabriel Landeskog - Ryan O`Reilly - Milan Hejduk
David Jones - Jay McClement - Daniel Winnik
Cody McLeod - Chuck Kobasew - David Van Der Gulik

Jan Hejda - Ryan O`Byrne
Kyle Quincey - Stefan Elliott
Shane O`Brien - Erik Johnson

Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Semyon Varlamov

Don't. Change. A. Thing.

The Wild need this to be the mantra for this game. Play exactly the way they did against the Stars, and life will be good. Play like the Wild team we've seen the past month, and they will get a quick lesson in why the Avs sit one spot above the Wild in the Northwest. Going into the All-Star break, being one spot above the Avs would certainly be better, no?

The Avalanche are one of the most boring teams in hockey. No, the irony of someone who covers the Wild calling a team boring is not lost. The Avs have writers and fans that love to rail on and on about how boring the Wild are when they come to town. They fail to realize there is another team involved in those contests. For the love of everything good and kind, their fans were excited when they signed Chick Kobasew. Yawn.

Still, excitement or no, the Wild need to find a way to win this game. A win on the road to snap the losing streak, a win of any kind to build a winning streak, and a positive entrance to the break would be of value immeasurable. That, of course, will not be an easy task. The Avs have some good talent on the roster, even if, at times, they don't care to show that talent. Sound familiar?

The last time these two teams met, Justin Falk took a shot to the head, and Erik Johnson attempted to decapitate Matt Cullen at the final horn. With Matt Kassian up, that likely won't happen again. However, these two teams do not like each other, and everything points to that not ending anytime soon. It will be chippy, there will be emotion. The only question is who controls themselves long enough to take advantage of the other's mistakes.

Five Questions:

  1. Over under of how long it takes Kassian to seek retribution is set at 5 minutes. What you got?
  2. Can Wild fans stay awake with the most exciting team in hockey hosting the Wild?
  3. Who steps up in this one?
  4. Can the Wild overtake the Avs into the break?
  5. How many times does Adrian Dater make himself look stupid tonight?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game:


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