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Avalanche @ Wild; Line Combinations, Notes, Key Figures

Minnesota can put itself back in the playoff contention with a win over Colorado tonight.

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Line Combinations

Tonight the Minnesota Wild have a chance to resurrect their horrid skid and put themselves back in playoff contention with a win over Colorado tonight. Jonas Brodin was activated from IR and Jason Zucker is close to returning too. However Brodin will not dress tonight as it was his first practice since being activated. Zucker could be activated by Thursday but he may be in the same boat that Brodin is in for tonight. Newly acquired David Jones who Minnesota obtained from Calgary at the deadline yesterday, will not debut tonight. It will be Devan Dubnyk's net tonight. Dubnyk is 11-6-1 with a 2.13 GAA, a .932 SV% and two shutouts in 20 starts in his career against Colorado.

Colorado Notes

The (on your left) Colorado (#WhyNotUs) Avalanche currently hold the last playoff spot in the west. Colorado made a splash at the trade deadline acquiring Michael Boedker from Arizona. Boedker will skate on the top line with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landesko . That line has a ton of speed and Minnesota will be countering with their top line or the Jarret Stoll line. Semyon (scumbag) Varlamov starts for the Avs tonight. Varlamov has been awful this month. He's allowed three goals or more in five of his eight starts, was yanked off the ice against Buffalo and allowed four goals each in his last two starts. But Colorado does block a ton of shots, most in the league to be exact with 1,081 blocked shots, averaging 17 per game.

Key Figures

The Wild has posted a 6-1-1 record against the Avalanche in the last eight meetings, including four shutout victories.

Minnesota has scored at least one power-play goal in 14 of its last 17 games, including eight PPG in its last eight games.

Jarome Iginla is the all-time leader against the Wild in points (70), goals (38), shots (251) and game-winning goals (10).