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8 P.M. AT COLORADO • PEPSI CENTER • FSN, 100.3-FM

Game Day: Wild at Colorado

  • February 2, 2012 - 1:06 AM

Preview: The Wild, clinging to eighth place in the Western Conference, is one point ahead of Colorado and Dallas, its next two opponents. The Avalanche has lost two in a row: 3-2 to the Wild in Denver before the All-Star break and 3-2 at Edmonton on Tuesday.

Players to watch: Wild RW Dany Heatley is coming off his 60th career two-goal game. He has four goals and seven points his past three games. G Niklas Backstrom is 8-2-1 in 11 career games at Colorado, with a .934 save percentage and a 2.12 goals-against average. In his past seven games in Denver, he is 5-1-1 with a .948 save percentage, a 1.75 GAA and two shutouts. Colorado C Paul Stastny has five points in his past five games, LW Gabriel Landeskog has five points in four games, and C and Bloomington native Peter Mueller has five points in his past five games. G Jean-Sebastien Giguere is 0-2 vs. the Wild this season; G Semyon Varlamov is 1-0.

Numbers: The Wild has four power-play goals in the past six games. Minnesota leads the season series with the Avalanche 2-1.

Injuries: Wild LW Guillaume Latendresse (concussion), RW Jarod Palmer (concussion), RW Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion) and C Mikko Koivu (shoulder) are out. Colorado C/LW Mark Olver (head) and C/LW Matt Duchene (knee) are on injured reserve.

KENT YOUNGBLOOD

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