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Posted On Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 5:19 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Avalanche-Wild series blog

Wild struggling with defending six attackers

ST. PAUL, Minn. — It's not hard to envision a scenario where the Minnesota Wild are winning their Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche and advancing to the second round.

Instead, the Avalanche have a chance to eliminate the Wild with a win in Game 6 Monday at Xcel Energy Center (9 p.m. ET; CNBC, TSN, RDS2, ALT, FS-N).

Minnesota has had two chances to close out late wins at Pepsi Center and allowed Colorado to tie the score -- and win in overtime -- on each occasion. In Game 1, the Wild led late until Paul Stastny scored with 13.4 seconds remaining. In Game 5 on Saturday, it was PA Parenteau tying the game with 1:14 left in regulation.

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Posted On Friday, 04.25.2014 / 3:10 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Avalanche-Wild series blog

Depth scoring lets Wild survive zeroes from top guns

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In a first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series last year against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Minnesota Wild got one goal from their top line of Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville.

That lack of production doomed them to a 4-1 series loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champions.

This year, tied 2-2 in a best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series against the Colorado Avalanche, Parise, Koivu and Pominville have zero goals. Trade-deadline acquisition Matt Moulson, a three-time 30-goal scorer, also has yet to score. Despite that, Minnesota's secondary scoring has emerged as the series heads back to Denver for Game 5 on Saturday at Pepsi Center (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN, FS-N, ALT).

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Posted On Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 3:03 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Avalanche-Wild series blog

Wild's Cooke issues statement on Barrie hit

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke made his first public statement since his knee-on-knee hit injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series Monday at Xcel Energy Center.

Cooke was suspended seven games Wednesday by the NHL Department of Player Safety as a result of the hit. Barrie is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with an MCL injury in his left knee.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.24.2014 / 2:43 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Avalanche-Wild series blog

Avalanche, Wild turn focus back to Game 4

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round series between the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche has been a subplot the past 48 hours with fallout from the knee-on-knee hit by Wild forward Matt Cooke on Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie taking center stage.

It was announced after Game 3, played Monday, that Barrie would miss at least a month with an MCL injury in his left knee. Wednesday, Cooke was suspended for seven games for kneeing by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

An extra day off between Games 3 and 4 allowed for more talk about the hit.

"It's amazing isn't it, just one extra day between games in the playoffs, it feels like a week," Wild coach Mike Yeo said.

Game 4 takes place Thursday at Xcel Energy Center (9:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, TSN2, RDS2, ALT, FS-N, FS-WI). Colorado leads the best-of-7 series 2-1.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 4:46 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Avalanche-Wild series blog

Avalanche forward Hishon to debut in Game 4

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Colorado Avalanche forward Joey Hishon will make his NHL debut in Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center (9:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, TSN2, RDS2, ALT, FS-N, FS-WI).

Hishon, Colorado's first-round pick (No. 17) in the 2010 NHL Draft, was skating with the team's American Hockey League affiliate on Tuesday in Cleveland. He got a call afterward that he had been recalled.

"Can't even explain the emotion," Hishon said Wednesday. "Very anxious, very excited, I'm just happy to be here."

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 4:27 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Avalanche-Wild series blog

Wild may look to Niederreiter to play shutdown role

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will count on two rookies and a 21-year old in a major defensive role in Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center (9:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, TSN2, RDS2, ALT- FS-N, FS-WI).

Colorado leads the best-of-7 series 2-1.

With forward Matt Cooke facing possible suspension from the NHL for his knee-to-knee hit on Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie in Game 3, the Wild are expected to move Nino Niederreiter into Cooke's left wing spot on the third line next to center Erik Haula and right wing Justin Fontaine.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 6:59 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Avalanche-Wild series blog

Wild face likelihood of playing without Cooke

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will likely be without a key member of their lineup Thursday when they host the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series.

Wild forward Matt Cooke is facing a hearing in New York on Wednesday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a knee-on-knee hit on Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie in Game 3 on Monday.

Cooke has a history of being disciplined by the League, having been suspended five times since 2004. But the last time he was punished was March 2011 for an elbow to New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.

Signed by the Wild last summer as a free agent after five seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Cooke did not have a major penalty in 82 games this season. He's also developed into a leader in the Wild locker room as one of two players on the Minnesota roster with his name on the Stanley Cup.

"He's an important player to our team, there's no question," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "There's a reason why he was brought here and physicality is only a very small part of it. It's his leadership, his experience, his role as a penalty-killer and as a checking forward. Certainly, it's a loss for our lineup."


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Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 4:30 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Avalanche-Wild series blog

Granlund goal highlights turnaround season for Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In the span of just over a year, Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund has gone from hyped rookie, to disappointment, to pleasant surprise, to on-ice leader.

Granlund scored the game-winning goal 5:08 into overtime Monday in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round Playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche. His goal breathed new life into the Wild, who trail the best-of-7 series 2-1.

Game 4 is Thursday at Xcel Energy Center (9:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, TSN2, RDS2, ALT, FS-N, FS-WI).

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 4:19 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Avalanche-Wild series blog

Avalanche facing injury again, recall Hishon

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Colorado Avalanche have overcome a number of injuries to crucial players all season. Now, in a Western Conference First Round series against the Minnesota Wild, the Central Division champions will have to do it again.

The Avalanche will be without defenseman Tyson Barrie for the remainder of the series and beyond after a knee-to-knee hit from Wild forward Matt Cooke in Game 3 on Monday. Barrie is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks.

Game 4 is Thursday at Xcel Energy Center (9:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, TSN2, RDS2, ALT, FS-N, FS-WI).

A little more than two minutes into the second period of a scoreless game, Cooke tried to finish an open-ice check on Barrie near the Wild bench. Their left knees collided and Barrie remained on the ice for a short time. He got to the bench on his own, but was not able to put weight on the leg as he skated off, then went down the tunnel to the locker room.

Minnesota won, 1-0 in overtime, and trails the best-of-7 series 2-1.

Barrie's loss is a big one for the Avalanche, already playing without forwards Matt Duchene (knee) and John Mitchell (concussion).

"Without a doubt, an important player to our team," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "He's very good on the power play, but more than that, he's always in the rush."

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Posted On Monday, 04.21.2014 / 1:22 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Avalanche-Wild series blog

Kuemper to start as Wild make several lineup changes

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will make several lineup changes for Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday at Xcel Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, TSN, RDS, ALT, FS-N).

Colorado leads the best-of-7 series 2-0.

Rookie Darcy Kuemper will make his first start in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Kuemper relieved starterIlya Bryzgalov in the second period of a 4-2 loss in Game 2 on Saturday and stopped all 14 shots he faced. He also appeared in two Stanley Cup Playoff games last year in relief of Josh Harding.

"It's not just the saves he's making, but the way he's making saves," coach Mike Yeo said. "He looked really confident in practice."

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