The Colorado Avalanche hosts the Minnesota Wild on Sunday at 5 p.m. MT at Pepsi Center, the Avs final home game of the 2019-20 preseason.
It is the second half of a home-and-home, back-to-back set as the teams clashed on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center. Colorado forwards Ty Lewis and Jayson Megna scored and defenseman Conor Timmins tallied with 2:28 remaining in the third period, but the Avs fell 4-3 despite outshooting the Wild 33-26 in the contest. Shane Bowers also had two assists in the loss, his first ever NHL preseason game.
Minnesota had multi-point outings from Mats Zuccarello (one goal, two assists), Matt Dumba (one goal, one assist) and Eric Staal (one goal, one assist).
The Avalanche (0-3-0) and Wild (1-1-1) are both halfway through their six-game preseason slates.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild
Pepsi Center | Denver, Colo.
Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson is from Bloomington, Minnesota, and played one season at the University of Minnesota in 2006-07… Colorado defenseman Mark Alt grew up in Minnesota and was quarterback of his high school football team, winning a state championship his senior season and being named the state's player of the year… Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson played for the Avalanche (2003-04)… Minnesota's Nate Prosser played at Colorado College (2006-2009) while Jason Zucker played college hockey at the University of Denver (2010-2012).
Colorado and Minnesota also met twice in the 2018 preseason, with the Avs going 1-1-0. During the 2018-19 regular season, both teams went 2-2-0 as each won one game at home and one on the road.
The Central Division rivals will face off five times this season after meeting four times during the 2018-19 campaign. The Avs are 48-41-13 all-time against Minnesota during the regular season.
After using a mix of younger players and veterans on Saturday in St. Paul, the Avalanche is expected to dress a roster with more NHL experience on Sunday against the Wild. The club's full game lineup will be announced on Sunday.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (lower body)
Ian Cole (hips)
Erik Johnson (shoulder)
Colin Wilson (shoulder)
Nikita Zadorov (lower body)
After Sunday's matchup, Colorado has two exhibition games remaining, both on the road, as the Avs will visit the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday and Dallas Stars on Saturday… The Avs are set to play 12 back-to-back sets during the 2019-20 campaign… The Avalanche opens the regular season at home on Oct. 3 against the Calgary Flames.