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Practice Report: Minnesota on Tap

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Cody McLeod, who hasn’t played since injuring his shoulder in Colorado’s meeting with Detroit on March 4, participated in a full practice Wednesday morning at Family Sports Center.

He once again wore an orange non-contact jersey today, but took part in the majority of the drills.

Following the skate, Avalanche head coach Tony Granato said that McLeod’s playing status for Thursday’s game against Minnesota will be decided tomorrow morning.

Minnesota, which currently sits ninth in the Western Conference with 70 points (32-28-6), will be visiting Pepsi Center for a third and final time this season. The club is coming off a 5-4 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday and has gone 2-1-1 in its last four outings.

For the Avalanche, Thursday’s game marks its first against a Northwest Division opponent in over a month. Colorado last faced a divisional opponent on Feb. 11, when the club squared off with the Wild.

The contest will be the 50th regular season meeting between the two franchises, with the Avs holding a 27-14-3-5 overall advantage in the series and a 16-7-2-0 mark against the Wild at Pepsi Center.

Looking ahead, the teams will conclude their six-game season series on March 17 in St. Paul.

Between the Pipes
Peter Budaj will be in the crease when the Avs host the Wild on Thursday – his fourth start against Minnesota this season. The netminder has posted a 1-2 mark against the Wild in 2008-09, with the victory coming in St. Paul on Dec. 1.

In 17 career outings against Minnesota, Budaj is 7-7 with a 2.89 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage.

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