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GameDay: Colorado @ Wild 12/20/2016

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#1 hlrule

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 11:50 AM

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!)

  • Dubnyk is in goal; Prosser in for Folin.

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 11:55 AM

Man, I really thought the Avs would get better with anybody but Roy behind the bench.  

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 11:57 AM

 

Man, I really thought the Avs would get better with anybody but Roy behind the bench.  

 

You'd think so.

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 12:06 PM

Last home game before the holidays. No Erik Johnson for the Avs. I'd say its a sleeper game but the Avs have beaten the wild twice already this year. For that reason I'm glad Duby is in net.


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Posted 20 December 2016 - 12:11 PM

Heard some talk about Boudreau possibly giving Kuemper another start coming off his good performance vs Arizona on Saturday.

 

The reason I would be against that has nothing to do with Kuemper.  Duby has been other-worldly so far.  He is going so well right now, I wouldn't do anything that could possibly mess with his routine right now.  When a goalie is playing that well, you don't mess with that.  Period.

 

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 02:49 PM

Scrappy game I'll wager.


#7 hlrule

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 07:25 PM

 

Scrappy game I'll wager.

 

Pretty good bet with the Avs.

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 07:25 PM

Pommer absolutely robbed or it'd be 1-0.

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 07:26 PM

Also love the way Stewie left a hard hit on McLeod.

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 07:32 PM

1-0 on the power play. Dumba shot. Staal kicks it around. Coyle jams it home in front.

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 07:32 PM

Always nice to see Coyle get on the scoresheet.

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 07:41 PM

End 1: Wild up 1-0 and in SOG 10-6. 

 

A solid start for the Wild, which is always good because this team has the slow-start bug more often than not. So any time they come out with a strong effort and a lead after one, that's a good thing in my book. You just hope they don't coast in the next 20 minutes.

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 07:52 PM

Still at work so not watching yet, but did Coyle's PPG come off a penalty drawn by Kurtis Gabriel?

 

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 08:00 PM

Early in the 2nd, Staal hauled down... Penalty shot!

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 08:00 PM

Staal sends it into the glove. Still 1-0.

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 08:15 PM

2-0. Great cycling in the offensive zone from Dumba and Zucker. Mikko right there, too. 

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 08:17 PM

What's been great about these goals is the players are right in front of the crease, right in perfect position to jam a pass or rebound in.

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 08:22 PM

Captain Mikko gets credit for the goal. Guys looking good tonight.

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 08:36 PM

End of 2. More good stuff. 2-0 lead.

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 08:55 PM

Just saw the Stewart hit on McCleod. Shoulder right to the mug. Beautiful.
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