7 P.M. VS. Colorado • XCEL Center • FSN, 100.3-FM
Preview: The Wild is 9-3-1 at home, but its six-game home point streak ended with Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Anaheim. The Wild beat the Avalanche in the season opener at home but lost in a shootout against Colorado last month. This is the first of a home and home that ends Saturday afternoon in Denver. The Avs’ two-game winning streak, which included handing Chicago its first regulation loss of the season last Friday, ended with a 4-0 loss to Edmonton on Tuesday.
Players to watch: RW Milan Hejduk of the Avs will return after missing five games because of a stiff neck. He has scored 22 goals and 50 points in 66 games against the Wild. He is first all-time with 13 power-play goals, second in goals and fourth in points. The Avs are led by young stars Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly. … Since Feb. 9, Wild RW Devin Setoguchi has scored six goals and 10 points in 15 games. C Matt Cullen has 14 points in the past 19 games. C Mikko Koivu has 34 points in 43 career games vs. Colorado, including points in the past four meetings. G Niklas Backstrom is 12-3-2 with a 2.34 goals-against average against Colorado at home and is 21-5-3 overall with a 2.18 goals-against average.
Numbers: The Wild ranks seventh in goals against (2.4 a game) and shots against (27.1); the Avs rank 21st in goals against (2.88) and 27th in shots against (32.2). … The Wild has scored first in five consecutive games (it’s 8-4 this season when it does) and has a power-play goal in seven of the past eight games.
Injuries: Wild LW Jason Zucker (upper body) is questionable. G Josh Harding (symptoms related to multiple sclerosis) is out. Avalanche RW Steve Downie (knee) is out.
|St. Louis - WP: L. Lynn||4||FINAL|
|Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann||3|
|Toronto - WP: M. Buehrle||5||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber||0|
|LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson||2||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer||5|
|Baltimore - LP: B. Norris||2||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Tazawa||4|
|Minnesota - LP: K. Correia||4||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: B. Chen||5|
|Cincinnati - LP: T. Cingrani||4||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: E. Jackson||8|
|Houston - LP: C. Qualls||3||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: D. Otero||4|
|Milwaukee - WP: J. Henderson||8||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: J. Grilli||7|
|Atlanta - WP: E. Santana||7||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: B. Colon||5|
|NY Yankees - LP: I. Nova||1||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: C. Archer||16|
|Seattle - LP: R. Elias||0||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: H. Alvarez||7|
|Chicago WSox - LP: J. Quintana||3||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: C. Lewis||6|
|Philadelphia - LP: K. Kendrick||1||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: J. Lyles||3|
|Arizona - LP: M. Bolsinger||6||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: D. Haren||8|
|San Francisco - LP: T. Hudson||1||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: E. Stults||3|
|Sporting Kansas City||4|
|Real Salt Lake||1|
Poll: Can the Wild rally to win its playoff series against Colorado?