Wild @ Avalanche preview, game 5: The Hills Have Eyes

Hannah Foslien

Minnesota heads back to the hills for game 5, after winning games 3, 4 at home.

The past two games were terrific for the Minnesota Wild. After an OT thriller in game 3, Minnesota made Colorado look like a lost puppy as Colorado had just 12 shots on goal through three periods. Twelve. Minnesota has outshot Colorado, 78-34 in the last two games and 143-94 this series. With the outpour of shots the Avalanche have not generated much of a forecheck and that makes Patrick Roy sad. Colorado did have Matt Douchene return to practice, but Roy says no-no on his return for game five.

Darcy Kuemper has taken over the reigns since relieving Bryz at Pepsi Center in game two. Since, Kuemper leads the NHL with a 0.40 GAA and a .979 SV% this postseason, stopping 47-of-48 shots in parts of three games. He earned his second win in as many starts in Game 4, where his shutout streak this postseason ended at 124:11, setting a franchise-playoff record for longest shutout streak in one season. Colorado's young pups cant even find any luck on the power play as Minnesota killed 15 straight Avalanche power-play attempts dating back eight regular-season games and are 14 of 15 only allowing a an empty-net PP goal.

Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund are both at the ripe age of 22. Yet, they've been finishing a lot more than the other crazy-kids in Denver. Coyle leads the Wild with three goals this series and earned his first career playoff power-play goal and game-winning goal in Game 4. Granlund has been all over the ice, his game winning goal in game 3 is cemented in our brains forever. (there are just too many memorable goals against these guys) He also won 8-of-12 (66.7%) faceoffs in game 4. Koivu ranks second in the NHL with 65 faceoff wins this postseason and third with a 64.4% faceoff win percentage. Is it even fair? We want to care of business like we nearly did in game 1. Lets head home and finish it out. Eh? Eh.

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