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Game 68: Wild At Avalanche, Preview And Open Thread

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Minnesota Wild
9:00 pm ET / 7:00 pm MT
Colorado Avalanche
32-28-6 March 12, 2009
29-37-1
70 points
Pepsi Center
59 points
9th in West
Denver, CO
15th in West

After 12 games played outside of the division, it will be nice to get beaten by a NW team for a change. It's possible that this will be the last time we see Jacques Lemaire behind the bench in the Pepsi Center - Jim Souhan is reporting that Lemaire is contemplating retirement.

Injury information is listed below. Cody McLeod is still missing from the list; he's been practicing and will be a game time decision. Ditto for Cody McCormick. Also missing from the list is Brent Burns, who did not travel to Colorado.

My status for the game will also be a game time decision, as DirecTV is up to their shenanigans again; they are currently showing that the game will be shown on the TBA channel. Super. [The game is now showing in my guide, so I'm okay, although I'm still shaking my head at yet another clueless email response from a DTV rep]

In the Ti4T watch, all bottom-five teams are in "action" tonight. Phoenix is at New Jersey, Atlanta is at Edmonton, Tampa is at Toronto and the Islanders are at Montreal.

26 PAC 67 28 33 6 62 166 205 17-13-2 11-20-4 3-6-1 Lost 3
27 NW 67 29 37 1 59 178 211 17-16-0 12-21-1 3-7-0 Lost 1
28 SE 67 26 35 6 58 201 227 13-18-2 13-17-4 6-3-1 Won 3
29 SE 67 21 32 14 56 173 223 11-14-9 10-18-5 2-5-3 Lost 4
30 ATL 67 22 37 8 52 168 218 16-14-5 6-23-3 5-3-2 Lost 1

Tale of the Tape

Minnesota Wild Colorado Avalanche
70 21st Points 59 27th
2.53
26th
GF/G 2.54 25th
2.42 2nd GA/G 3.13 26th
20.2% 11th PP% 16.0% 24th
87.7% 1st PK% 79.5% 23rd
48.6% 21st FO% 48.1% 24th
11.0 3rd PIM/G 13.0 8th


Niklas Backstrom

#32 / Goalie / Minnesota Wild

6-1

196

Feb 13, 1978



GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Niklas Backstrom 56 3223 30 19 4 3 127 2.36 1602 1475 .921 6


Peter Budaj

#31 / Goalie / Colorado Avalanche

6-1

200

Sep 18, 1982



GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Peter Budaj 46 2631 17 26 1 5 130 2.96 1266 1136 .897 1


Minnesota Wild Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Marian Gaborik hip 12/28/2008


Colorado Avalanche Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Cody McCormick head 03/12/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Joe Sakic fingers 12/03/2008
Kyle Cumiskey shoulder 01/30/2009
David Jones shoulder 01/28/2009