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Preview: Avalanche at Wild

Minnesota playing for second in Central; Colorado seeking two wins in row

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

AVALANCHE (21-53-3) at WILD (45-25-8)

6 p.m. ET; ALT, FS-N, NHL.TV

 

Avalanche team scope

The Colorado Avalanche will try to win their second game in three days after defeating the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in a shootout Friday. The Avalanche, 1-7-0 in their past eight games and 4-13-0 in their past 17, play Stanley Cup Playoff teams in four of their next five games (the Minnesota Wild twice, the Chicago Blackhawks once, St. Louis once). "Obviously, we all hate losing," forward Sven Andrighetto, who has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past five games, told the Denver Post earlier this week. "But as the season has turned out, it is what it is. We'll keep moving forward. As an individual, it's always tough to stand out if the team isn't doing well. But everyone has something to play for, that's for sure.''

 

Wild team scope

The Minnesota Wild can't win the Central Division after a 3-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Minnesota is seven points ahead of the Blues and Predators for second place. The Wild are 2-8-2 in their past 12 games. "We've got to come to play every game," coach Bruce Boudreau said Saturday. "We can't be satisfied with a 5-1 victory once a week." Wild forward Jason Zucker, who has 46 points (21 goals, 25 assists) in 77 games, will be a game-time decision; he did not play Saturday. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk is expected to start after backup Alex Stalock made 33 saves Saturday.

 

Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog -- Matt Duchene -- Blake Comeau

Sven Andrighetto -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

Matt Nieto -- Tyson Jost -- Rene Bourque

John Mitchell -- Carl Soderberg -- J.T. Compher

Mark Barberio -- Erik Johnson

Fedor Tyutin -- Tyson Barrie

Francois Beauchemin -- Anton Lindholm

Calvin Pickard

Jeremy Smith

Scratched: Joe Colborne, Cody Goloubef, Mikhail Grigorenko, Patrick Wiercioch

Injured: None

 

Wild projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Eric Staal -- Chris Stewart 

Zach Parise -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund

Charlie Coyle -- Martin Hanzal -- Jason Pominville

Erik Haula -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Ryan White

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Marco Scandella -- Matt Dumba

Jonas Brodin -- Nate Prosser 

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Christian Folin, Darcy Kuemper, Jordan Schroeder

Injured: Victor Bartley (arm), Jason Zucker (upper body)

 

Status report

Parise returned against Nashville after missing one game with an upper-body injury. He had three shots on goal and blocked two shots in 17:09.

 

Who's hot

Staal has 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in his past 13 games. … Pickard stopped 27 of 28 shots against the Blues.

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