Who: Colorado Avalanche (7-9-0, 14 points, seventh place in Central Division) at Minnesota Wild (9-6-1, 19 points, fourth place in Central)
Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT
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The Colorado Avalanche is playing the second of a three-game road trip that will conclude Monday in Columbus. The Avs lost the first game of the trip 3-2 Thursday in Dallas and will be without forwards Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene on Saturday. Landeskog did not play against Dallas and is back in Denver getting re-evaluated for a lower-body injury. Duchene, who missed Thursday's game with a concussion, is back skating with the team but is not ready to return.
• Wild forward Chris Stewart was a first-round pick of the Avalanche in the 2006 NHL Draft and played in 166 games with the franchise from 2008-11.
• Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson is from Bloomington, Minn., skated at the Academy of Holy Angels and played one season at the University of Minnesota.
• Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson played in 20 games for the Avalanche during the 2003-04 season.
• Wild assistant coach Andrew Brunette scored 70 goals and had 205 points in 246 games over three seasons in Colorado from 2005-08.
Mikael Granlund has more points (14) against the Avalanche than against any other opponent. In 15 games against Colorado, Granlund has three goals and 11 assists and has a plus-10 rating.
At the Rink
The Wild will conclude a three-game homestand on Saturday, trying to avenge a 1-0 loss to Colorado two weeks ago in Denver.
To do so, Minnesota will try and create more offense; the Wild has played consecutive 1-0 games, winning one and losing one. It's been a struggle seemingly all month to find offense, as the Wild has scored more than two goals in a game just once since the calendar turned to November.
That's meant a lot of one-goal games. If a 4-2 win over Pittsburgh on Nov. 11 is counted -- the Wild scored a late empty-net goal in that one for the final margin -- Minnesota has been involved in seven-straight one-goal contests.
"I don't think about it; I try not to think about it," said Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk. "The one thing I've found that's helped me is I try to concentrate on little things I need to do, and that really doesn't change no matter what the score is. That's helped me over the years to be consistent."
Video: Devan Dubnyk Pregame vs. Colorado
Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon said the key to finding more offense could come with simplicity. Getting shots to the net and going hard after rebounds as opposed to looking for the highlight-reel goal could help put a crooked number on the scoreboard.
Granlund's game-winner against Boston on Thursday is a prime example. With 44.5 seconds remaining in regulation, Granlund fired a puck toward the goal, only to see if deflect off a defenseman's leg and into the net.
"We have to find a way to bury them," Spurgeon said. "We have to simplify. Sometimes, we're overthinking things and trying to make cute plays. I think if we simplify our game and start shooting pucks, we'll be good."
Video: Jared Spurgeon Pregame vs. Colorado
Here are the projected lineups:
Nino Niederreiter - Eric Staal - Charlie Coyle
Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Mikael Granlund
Jason Zucker - Erik Haula - Jason Pominville
Zack Mitchell - Tyler Graovac - Chris Stewart
Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin - Christian Folin
Mike Reilly - Matt Dumba
Andreas Martinsen -Nathan MacKinnon - A.J. Greer
Rene Bourque - Carl Soderberg - Mikko Rantanen
Blake Comeau - John Mitchell - Jarome Iginla
Joe Colborne - Mikhail Grigorenko - Cody McLeaod
Eric Gelinas - Erik Johnson
Fedor Tyutin - Tyson Barrie
Francois Beauchemin - Patrick Wiercioch