8 P.M. at COLORADO • Pepsi Center • FSN Plus, 100.3-FM
Preview: The Wild extended its winning streak to three games (one goal against) with Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Colorado, the Wild’s fourth shutout in the past seven meetings with the Avalanche and second in a row overall. The Wild is 16-3-3 in its past 22 regular-season games in Denver, holding the Avalanche to two or fewer goals in 15 of those games. Opening night in Denver on Oct. 8, the Wild rallied from a three-goal third-period deficit with four goals in 5 minutes, 7 seconds to win.
Players to watch: Wild D Matt Dumba has scored the winning goal in consecutive games and is tied for the NHL lead among defensemen with three game-winners. LW Jason Zucker has no points in the past seven games, RW Nino Niederreiter no goals in the past nine. Avs C Matt Duchene has 13 goals and eight assists in the past 16 games but was held without a shot by the Wild on Saturday. RW Jarome Iginla is the all-time leader against the Wild in points (70) and goals (38) and second in power-play goals (11). Wild LW Zach Parise has no goals and one assist in four games since returning from a sprained knee.
Numbers: Wild G Darcy Kuemper will start his fourth game. He is 2-0 with a 1.54 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and two shutouts in three career regular-season starts against Colorado. … The Wild’s 96 points against Colorado is its second-most against any opponent.
Injuries: Wild G Devan Dubnyk (groin) and C Tyler Graovac (sports hernia) are out. Avs C Jesse Winchester (concussion), D Brad Stuart (undisclosed) and C Ben Street (chest) are out.