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Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche: Game 53

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Colorado Avalanche (25-28-1) @ Minnesota Wild (27-22-3)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 CST

Television: FSN
Radio: Listen Live

For the Colorado perspective, check out Mile High Hockey

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Colorado Avalanche

Miettinen - Koivu - Brunette
Nolan - Belanger - Bouchard
Clutterbuck - Sheppard - Veilleux
Fritsche - Gillies - Olvecky

Burns - Schultz
Johnsson - Skoula
Zidlicky - Scott

Harding
Backstrom

Smyth - Wolski - Hejduk
Svatos - Arneson - Jones
McLeod - Guite - Tucker
Stewart - Hensick - Laperriere

Foote - Clark
Liles - Hannan
Salei - Leopold

Raycroft
Budaj

NOTES:

  • Minnesota is 11-8-4 at Xcel Energy Center vs. the Avalanche.
    Niklas Backstrom is 9-2-1 with a 2.19 gaa in 12 career games against Colorado.
  • Pierre-Marc Bouchard has three goals and 2 assists in three games versus the Avalanche this season.
  • The Avs have allowed 49 goals in its last 13 games.
  • Peter Budaj is 3-4-0 with a 3.52 GAA in his last eight starts, while Andrew Raycroft has a 3.98 GAA during a five-game losing streak.

Questions to Answer

  1. Did the rest do the Wild some good? Can they pick up where they left off against Edmonton?
  2. Will Minnesota continue to play to the level of their competition?
    Does this game come down to goaltending?
    Can the Wild get aggressive and drive to the net, forcing the game upon the Avs?
    Is tonight the night that Fritsche finally gets his first?