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Game 48 Preview: Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche


Alright Ladies and Gents, this this is the last game of the season for the Colorado Avalanche. Last night the Avalanche won in the shootout against the Phoenix Coyotes 5-4. They also saw Jean-Sebastien Giguere leave the game due to a sore groin or leg. On the other hand, the Wild lost to the Oilers 6-1.

Not only is it the last game of the season, but it will most likely be the last NHL game that the Avalanche faithful will be able to cheer on Milan Hejduk. Although he hasn't announced plans to retire, before the season even started Hejduk gave his "C" away, and at 37, he has been, sadly, showing his age. The Duke, as he is known around these parts, was originally drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the 4th round of the 1994 Entry Draft. It wouldn't be until the 1999 season that he would wear the Avalanche logo, but that year he played in all 82 regular season games in his rookie season. Since then, he has only played for the Colorado Avalanche in his NHL career. He won the Stanley Cup with the Avs in 2001, he won the Maurice "The Rocket" Richard Trophy in 2003, he's appeared in three NHL All-Star games, and both a Bronze and Gold Olympic medal. During his NHL career he has played 1019 regular season games thus far and amassed 375 goals and 430 assists. He played in 112 playoff games and had 34 goals and 42 assists. If you have a chance to head to the game, you may want to - just to be able to watch Hejduk.

The Avalanche have only won one game against the wild this year and it was during a shootout. This is a big game for the Wild, they are tied with Columbus with 53 points and Detroit in only ahead of them by one. If they don't get a point and Columbus does they are not heading to the post season. They should come out hungry, and the Avs will want to play spoiler.

The Avs will play host to the Minnesota Wild at 7:30 ET, 5:30 MT.