Colorado Avalanche (11-18-1) at Minnesota Wild (18-8-4)
7 p.m. CT Xcel Energy Center
TV: FSN Radio: KFAN 100.3 FM
(Just saw via Russo on Twitter that KFAN and the Wild have extended their partnership for three years through 2019-20.)
Expected Wild lines (Thanks again to Russo)
11 Parise-12 Staal-29 Pominville
16 Zucker-9 Koivu-64 Granlund
22 Niederreiter-44 Graovac-3 Coyle
7 Stewart-42 Cannone-63 Gabriel
This is always a fun rivalry game. Obviously, the Wild have a lot at stake with the 7-game win streak on the line. That fourth line should be interesting.
Pat Cannone will make his NHL debut at age 30. So we can call this "The One Where Cannone debuts at 30," then? Look for jersey No. 42.
Also per Russo on Twitter: Bruce says Haula will be out the next three games, but the ol' coach doesn't think this is a long-term thing. (Find your best wood to knock on!)
Wild at home: 11-3-0; Avs on the road: 7-8-0
Wild have won 7 in a row; Avs have lost 3 in a row
Power play: Wild 16.7% 19th in NHL; Avs 16.5% T-20th in NHL
Penalty kill: Wild 84.3 6th in NHL; Avs 80.4% T-19th in NHL
Team points leaders: Wild: Staal (24), Coyle (22), Granlund (20); Avs: Duchene (22), MacKinnon (21), Rantanen (14)
Head-to-head: Avs have won both games so far, 3-2 Nov. 19 and 1-0 Nov. 5. Our dear friends MacKinnon and Landeskog (respectively) had the game-winners. Of course, it's all about when you play teams. These games hurt early, but the Wild are on a roll and the Avs are not.