AVALANCHE (7-9-0) at WILD (9-6-1)
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Avalanche team scope
Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene took part in the morning skate but will miss his fourth game after sustaining a concussion on Nov. 11. Coach Jared Bednar said he's "optimistic [Duchene's] in next game." Duchene said he's still feeling symptoms but is nearing a return: "There's always temptation [to come back early]," he said. "It's hard for me to sit out; it's hard for me to watch … but with this [injury] I'm not messing around. This is not just my career. It's my life." Forward Gabriel Landeskog missed Colorado's game at the Dallas Stars on Thursday with a lower-body injury and didn't make the trip to Minnesota. "He's getting evaluated," Bednar said. "He's under constant evaluation so we might know something more tomorrow or Monday." Goaltender Calvin Pickard will make his fourth start of the season. He is 3-1-0, including a 1-0 win against Minnesota on Nov. 5. "[Semyon Varlamov's] been playing really well but we feel we have two capable guys," Bednar said. "We've got to find a way to keep both of our guys active here and I think [Pickard's] the right man for the job tonight, especially after the way he played last time against [Minnesota]."
Wild team scope
The Minnesota Wild may be without forward Zach Parise. After the morning skate, coach Bruce Boudreau would neither confirm nor deny that Parise may have to sit because of illness. He's played two games after missing six with a foot injury. If Parise can't play, Boudreau said defenseman Nate Prosser might get time playing wing. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk will get his 14th start; he's 7-5-1 and leads the NHL with a 1.48 goal-against average, a .952 save percentage and four shutouts. He had five shutouts last season and a career-high six in 2014-15. "The one thing I've found to help me is just to concentrate on little things that I need to do each game," Dubnyk said. Defensemen Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon will play together again on the top pairing. Suter had been playing with Matt Dumba. "You get the chemistry back," Spurgeon said. "It comes back quick when you're playing with a guy like [Suter]. I just give him the puck and sort of sit back and watch." The Wild have allowed an NHL-low 29 goals, and their 1.81 goals-against average leads the NHL.
Avalanche projected lineup
Andreas Martinsen -- Nathan MacKinnon -- AJ Greer
Rene Bourque -- Carl Soderberg -- Mikko Rantanen
Blake Comeau -- John Mitchell -- Jarome Iginla
Joe Colborne -- Mikhail Grigorenko -- Cody McLeod
Eric Gelinas -- Erik Johnson
Fedor Tyutin -- Tyson Barrie
Francois Beauchemin -- Patrick Wiercioch
Scratched: Nikita Zadorov
Injured: Matt Duchene (concussion), Gabriel Landeskog (lower body)
Wild projected lineup
Nino Niederreiter -- Eric Staal -- Charlie Coyle
Mikael Granlund -- Mikko Koivu -- Jason Pominville
Jason Zucker -- Erik Haula -- Chris Stewart
Nate Prosser -- Tyler Graovac -- Zack Mitchell
Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin -- Christian Folin
Mike Reilly -- Matt Dumba
Injured : Zach Parise (illness), Zac Dalpe (knee), Marco Scandella (high right-ankle sprain)
Greer has one assist in 38:28 of ice time in two games. … Scandella continues to skate but will not play. He has missed the past eight games with a high right-ankle sprain.
MacKinnon scored the first shorthanded goal of his career against Dallas and has 10 points in 14 games. … Granlund has 14 points in 15 career games against Colorado.