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Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche: Game 22

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Minnesota Wild (11-8-2) vs Colorado Avalanche (12-9-1)

Pepsi Center @ 8:00 PM CST Television: FSN (HD)
Listen live on Wild.com

For the Colorado perspective, check out Mile High Hockey

Minnesota Wild
Colorado Avalanche

Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu - Patrick O`Sullivan
Cal Clutterbuck - John Madden - Antti Miettinen
Matt Cullen - Kyle Brodziak - Martin Havlat
Eric Nystrom - Robbie Earl - Brad Staubitz

Greg Zanon - Marek Zidlicky
Nick Schultz - Brent Burns
Cam Barker - Justin Falk

Niklas Backstrom
Jose Theodore

Kevin Porter - Paul Stastny - Milan HejdukDavid Jones - Matt Duchene - Chris StewartDaniel Winnik - Ryan O`Reilly - Brandon YipCody McLeod - Phillipe Dupuis - Greg Mauldin

John-Michael Liles - Kevin ShattenkirkScott Hannan - Ryan O`ByrneRyan Wilson - Jonas Holos

Peter BudajJohn Grahame

Just another day in the life for the Wild. A big win after two embarrassing losses, a hot Martin Havlat, and a goalie who has played well against the current opponent. This all bodes well for the Wild, which likely means the Avs win this one 4-2. The worst part is? If the Wild lose, we have to listen (or read) Adrian Dater gloat about it for days.

Despite what the records show, the Avalanche are actually a better team than the Wild. They have struggled a bit in the early part of the season, and their starting goalie is hurt. They give up shots in bunches (669), and they take shots in bunches (679). They are fourth in the league in goals per game at 3.36, while the Wild sit at 23rd with 2.48.

Goals against you ask? The Wild give up the seventh fewest with 2.52 goals against per game, while the Avs give up 3.04 per game, good for the 25th worst in the NHL. How a team scores .04 of a goal escapes me, but still... The secret here is to find a way to limit the Avs chances, because they will score when given the chance to do so. At the same time, the Wild will need to take advantage of what is, right now, a seemingly soft defense.

So it all boils down to football John Madden think. Shot the puck more than they do, score more goals than they do, and it should be a good evening. Just sayin. Oh, and once this season, try to out shoot the other team. Just once?

Five Questions:

  1. We keep the Wild SOG over under at 20. Can they out shoot the Avs?
  2. The new top line looked good last night. Are they intact, and how do they look tonight?
  3. Divisional match ups are important, and feisty. Can these teams play a civilized hockey game?
  4. How many times does Adrian Dater call the Wild boring tonight?
  5. Can Nick Schultz continue his goal scoring streak?