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Colorado Hosts Minnesota in Second Half of Home-and-Home

The Avalanche played at the Wild on Saturday

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche continues its 3-in-3 preseason set on Sunday as the club hosts the Minnesota Wild at 5 p.m. MT at Pepsi Center.

It will be the second time in as many days that Colorado and Minnesota will play one another after the two squads met on Saturday in St. Paul. The Wild used two power-play goals to defeat the Avalanche 2-1.

Sunday's exhibition can be heard live on the Altitude Sport Radio Network, AM 950 in the Denver metro area, and online at ColoradoAvalanche.com.

Andrew Agozzino scored the Avs' only tally against the Wild on Saturday, finishing off a rebound after a drive to the net by Rocco Grimaldi. Rookie defenseman Andrei Mironov also recorded an assist in his second-ever NHL preseason contest.

Goalie Jonathan Bernier made his first appearance of the preseason for Colorado and finished with 22 saves.

Mikael Granlund and Matt Dumba tallied for Minnesota (3-0-0) and goaltender Devan Dubnyk finished with 28 saves.

The Avs (1-2-0) outshot the Wild 29-24 but couldn't solve Dubnyk more than once, despite having eight power-play opportunities in the contest.

Both clubs will likely have different lineups than the ones that took the ice in Minnesota, but there may be some players who will skate back-to-back nights.

Colorado head coach Jared Bednar said before the team's busy weekend that every healthy player will play in at least one of the three contests, and several skaters could play twice in two days depending on how they performed in their first outing.

Semyon Varlamov will be the Avalanche's starting netminder for Sunday's contest after last playing on Thursday versus the Dallas Stars. Varlamov made 21 saves in his first NHL game since January to help Colorado beat Dallas 5-1.

The Avalanche's final game of its 3-in-3 is Monday at the Stars. The team then closes the preseason on Thursday at the Vegas Golden Knights. 

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