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Game 31 Preview: Avalanche @ Wild

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After starting off the road trip on the wrong foot, the Avs (11-18-1) look to avoid a fourth straight loss in Minnesota Tuesday night.

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The struggle continues. With a 4-1 loss in Winnipeg Sunday, the Avs have dropped three straight games for the second time this season. The Avalanche are now 2-9-1 in the last twelve games and are firmly in last place in the NHL. Things are bleak in Avalancheville and with the roaster freeze upon us for the holidays, it seems like we will likely have to wait until 2017 to see any real change to this faltering team. One bright spot, Semyon Varlamov will return to action Tuesday night. His team, however, will have to face their offensive struggles against the Minnesota Wild and the best defensive team in the NHL.

LINES

Landeskog-MacKinnon-Bourque

Grigorenko-Duchene-Rantanen

Comeau-Mitchell-Iginla

Martinsen-Soderberg-McLeod

Zadorov-Wierchioch

Tyutin-Barrie

Beauchemin-Gelinas

Varlamov

Pickard

NOTES

- With the loss Sunday, the Avs' road record has fallen below .500 for the first time this season.

- The Avs and Wild are on opposite ends of the spectrum in goals against. While the Wild lead the league in GAA, the Avs are dead last.

- The Wild are the only divisional team the Avs have yet to lose to this season. The Avs are 2-0 so far against the Wild.

GAME INFO

Game time: 6pm MT

TV: ALT2