AVALANCHE (13-6-2) at WILD (8-11-2)
8 p.m. ET; FS-N, ALT, NHL.TV
Alex Stalock is expected to start in goal for the Minnesota Wild against the Colorado Avalanche at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday.
Devan Dubnyk missed practice Wednesday because of a family situation and will not be available for the Wild. Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen was recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Wednesday to back up Stalock. Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said he had no timetable for Dubnyk's return.
Minnesota has won four of its past seven games (4-2-1) after going 1-3-1 in its previous five.
The Avalanche have won two straight games and five of their past six (5-1-0) after a five-game winless streak (0-4-1).
Players to watch
Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past four games.
Wild forward Zach Parise has goals in three straight games and five points (four goals, one assist) during a three-game point streak.
They said it
"(Minnesota is) playing real well lately, right now one of the top teams in the League on the defensive side of things and not giving up a bunch of chances in the defensive zone, especially from the slot area. We've seen as of late that their offense is coming alive. Hard-working team, committed team on the defensive side of it, so you can't get frustrated if you're not creating a lot of chances, that's No. 1." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar
"To me the fact is (Colorado) is in the Central Division; we're (0-6-1) against Central Division teams. … I think we play 32 games against the Central Division, so ...this is the team and the games we have to have success in if we want to get up in the standings." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau
Avalanche projected lineup
Andre Burakovsky -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Joonas Donskoi
Valeri Nichushkin -- Nazem Kadri -- J.T. Compher
Matt Nieto -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Jayson Megna
T.J. Tynan -- Vladislav Kamenev -- Logan O'Connor
Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson
Ryan Graves -- Cale Makar
Nikita Zadorov -- Ian Cole
Scratched: A.J. Greer, Mark Barberio, Antoine Bibeau
Injured: Tyson Jost (upper body), Mikko Rantanen (lower body), Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body), Matt Calvert (head)
Wild projected lineup
Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello
Zach Parise -- Mikko Koivu -- Kevin Fiala
Jordan Greenway -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin
Ryan Donato -- Victor Rask -- Ryan Hartman
Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba
Carson Soucy -- Brad Hunt
Scratched: Nick Seeler, Devan Dubnyk
Injured: Marcus Foligno (lower body), Greg Pateryn (core muscle)
Jost, who will miss his third straight game, practiced in a non-contact jersey. It was his first practice since getting injured. … Dumba will play after missing the third period of a 4-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday and not practicing Wednesday.
Makar has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past seven games. Burakovsky has goals in three straight games and has six points (five goals, one assists) during a three-game goal/point streak. … Koivu has an assist in three straight games and needs two points for 700 in the NHL.