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Colorado Avalanche Game Day: Final showdown with Wild

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Avs look to end season series with Wild with another win.

Colorado Avalanche v Minnesota Wild Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images

Tonight the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild will play their last matchup of the regular season. Thus far, the Avalanche have dominated the season series with five wins in seven games while outscoring Minnesota 28-17.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche are the hottest team in the NHL right now, having taken a point from their last fifteen contests. This stretch of dominance finds Colorado atop the NHL league standings with 56 points. In those fifteen games, the Avalanche have outscored their opponents 67-28.

It’s hard to pick a specific performer that has caught my eye, but only because every player seems to be on his game. Sam Girard has been by far the most consistent performer of the season. He and Cale Makar should be considered frontrunners in the Norris Trophy conversation.

FORWARDS

Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen

Brandon Saad - Nazem Kadri - Andre Burakovsky

Valeri Nichushkin - Tyson Jost - Joonas Donskoi

J.T. Compher - Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare - Liam O’Brien

DEFENDERS

Devon Toews - Sam Girard

Ryan Graves - Cale Makar

Kyle Burroughs - Jacob MacDonald

Minnesota Wild

The Wild are a much-improved team from last season. The only hump they can’t seem to get over is beating the Colorado Avalanche. Only one of the Wild’s victories over the Avs came against Philipp Grubauer.

Although he’s much older more experienced than most rookies, Kirill Kaprisov is essentially a shoo-in for the Calder. His surge onto the scene has revitalized and rejuvenated the Wild fan base. He has posted fourteen goals and seventeen assists in thirty-eight appearances.

Kaprisov is (-7) against the Avalanche this year despite his successes otherwise. The Avalanche have held him to just four points in seven contests.

FORWARDS

Jordan Greenway - Joel Eriksson Ek - Kirill Kaprisov

Zach Parise - Victor Rask - Kevin Fiala

Marcus Johansson - Ryan Hartman - Nick Bjugstad

Nico Sturm - Nick Bonino - Kyle Rau

DEFENDERS

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin - Mathew Dumba

Ian Cole - Carson Soucy

GOALTENDERS

The Avalanche will go with the statistically best goaltender in the NHL, Philipp Grubauer. Grubauerr leads the NHL in both GAA at 1.83. He also has a top-three save percentage at .926. (Minimum 20 games) Most impressively, he has won in his last thirteen appearances.

Minnesota will likely start Cam Talbot in the net again this evening. Talbot comes in with a GAA of 2.41 and a .924 SV%.