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Game 26 Preview: Avalanche at Wild


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Colorado Avalanche
12 MT / 2 ET / 7 GMT
Minnesota Wild
14-7-4 November 27th, 2009
32 pts Xcel Energy Center
19 pts
3rd in West
St Paul, MN
15th in West


The Colorado Avalance are in Minnesota this afternoon to take on the Minnesota Wild. The Wild have had a rough season so far and are currently mired in last place. They simply haven't been able to get anything going this year and have only managed to put together two consecutive wins twice (they've yet to win 3 in a row). Like Colorado, the Wild got a loser point on Wednesday, falling to the Boston Bruins in a shootout.The Wild are their normal low-scoring selves this year. Unfortunately, they are 23rd in the league in goals against per game (just ahead of the Avs) to go with that. It's hard to win 2-1 hockey games when you are giving up 3 goals a game...

The teams have met each other once this season, with the Wild taking advantage of a slew of Avalanche penalties and winning in the shootout, 3-2. Neither team really play the sort of style to facilitate this, but the opportunity is there to develop a little bad blood, as they are playing 3 times over the next 2 weeks (today, tomorrow and December 9th). Derek Boogaard and David Koci did tangle in the first game, but it wasn't much of a fight.

Minnesota is expected to be without forwards Martin Havlat and Antti Miettinen; both missed the game on Wednesday and neither practiced on Thursday. The Wild hope to have Gillaume Latendresse in the lineup; he was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens earlier in the week. No word yet as to who the starting goalie will be for Minnesota, but Niklas Backstrom has started 20 of the Wild's 23 games.

The Avalanche will again be without the services of Adam Foote, who will be missing his 5th game with a mere flesh wound, and Kyle Cumiskey (broken jet pack). Brian Fahey was called up from Lake Erie yesterday and it's possible he'll play instead of Tom Preissing. Craig Anderson is the starter today, according to Adrian Dater's reborn twitter feed. Andy is 8 games away from his NHL season high of 31.


Tale of the Tape

Colorado Minnesota
5th 32 Points  28th 19
7th 3.00 GF/G  27th 2.35
22nd 2.88 GA/G  23rd 2.91
22nd 18.4 PP%  23rd 18.2
15th 80 PK%  8th 83.2
30th 25.8 S/G 23rd 28.7
25th 32.6 SA/G 10th 28.5
29th 46.7 FO%  8th 51.4
13th 13.4 PIM/G  5th 11.3
Stastny 23 pts Top Scorer Koivu 21 pts