The Colorado Avalanche hosts the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night at Pepsi Center, closing out a season-long, six-game homestand. The contest will mark the midway point of the season for Colorado, which enters its league-mandated bye week on Sunday.
The Avalanche is 43-39-13 all-time against the Wild and 23-30-4 at home. Entering Saturday's contest, the Avs sit just two points behind the Wild in the Central Division, and a win could put the Avalanche in a playoff spot as the club also sits just two points out of a wild-card position.
Saturday night will also be a memorable and historic night at Pepsi Center, as former captain Milan Hejduk's No. 23 jersey will be retired and raised to the rafters in a pregame ceremony at 5:45 p.m.