Preview: The Wild has scored one goal in regulation in each of the past six games (2-4, wins coming via overtime and shootout). It is the second-lowest scoring team in the NHL at 1.92 goals per game. The Avalanche hasn't played since Monday and is 0-2-1 in its past three.
Players to watch: G Niklas Backstrom is expected to start for the Wild. He is 21-5-2 all time vs. the Avalanche with a 2.16 goals-against average, .928 save percentage and four shutouts. Wild RW Devin Setoguchi has two goals and an assist in the past three games. Avalanche RW Milan Hejduk is the all-time leader vs. the Wild with 12 power-play goals and is second with 21 goals.
Numbers: The Wild's power play is 3-for-26 (11.5 percent) the past eight games and is 8-for-50 (16 percent) this season. ... The Avalanche's power play is 8.1 percent and it ranks 27th in offense at 2.09 goals per game.
Injuries: Wild G Josh Harding (symptoms related to multiple sclerosis) is out. Avalanche F Steve Downie (knee), F Gabriel Landeskog (head), F Ryan Wilson (ankle) and D Erik Johnson (upper body) are out.
|Minnesota - LP: V. Worley||3||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: P. Maholm||8|
|Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon||7||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: B. Parnell||4|
|Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu||9||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta||2|
|Oakland - LP: J. Parker||1||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: R. Wolf||3|
|Arizona - LP: T. Cahill||1||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa||4|
|Washington - WP: T. Clippard||2||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: J. Affeldt||1|
|Tampa Bay - LP: C. Ramos||3||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: A. Loup||4|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Samardzija||0||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: F. Liriano||1|
|NY Yankees - LP: H. Kuroda||3||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: J. Hammel||6|
|Seattle - LP: B. Maurer||1||FINAL|
|LA Angels - WP: C. Wilson||7|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Lee||3||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: K. Slowey||0|
|Boston||4||Top 9th Inning|
|Kansas City - LP: J. Shields||1||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: J. Lyles||3|
|St. Louis||4||Top 4th Inning|
|Indiana||89||4th Qtr 0:18|