|Colorado’s rocky start has been due in part to a string of injuries that has left the team shorthanded. Steve Downie (ACL), captain Gabriel Landeskog (concussion), Ryan Wilson (ankle) and fellow defenseman Erik Johnson (concussion suffered Monday) will be out tonight.
Matt Duchene and, free-agent pickup, PA Parenteau have led the Avs offensively. Parenteau has four goals and two assists in his last five games.
|The Wild is helping make love connections as the team hosts Singles Night along with K102. Watch the Wild take on the Avalanche and enjoy a postgame singles party hosted by Donna & Muss from the K102 Wakeup Crew.
The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
|After a sluggish start, Devin Setoguchi has picked up the pace offensively. His goal at Vancouver was his 200th career NHL point and extended his point streak to three games (2-1=3).
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|This is what the lines looked like at today’s morning skate:
Parise - Koivu - Heatley
Brodziak - Granlund - Seto
Bouchard - Cullen - Clutterbuck
Mitchell - Konopka - Rupp
The D-pairs are expected to remain the same as the club’s last outing:
Suter – Brodin
Gilbert – Stoner
Falk – Spurgeon
Niklas Backstrom is expected to return tonight. He is 12-3-1 with a 2.32 GAA, a .917 SV% and one shutout in 16 career home starts against the Avalanche. He turned 35 Wednesday and has stopped 48-of-50 shots faced in his last two starts (.930 GAA, .960 SV%).
|It's not like we didn't have some chances. It's going to come. I know that.
- Yeo on goal scoring after Vancouver
|Nate Prosser will be tonight’s lone healthy scratch.
Josh Harding will be out as he has been feeling off in dealing with new medications in treatment of multiple sclerosis.
|D Erik Johnson hails from Bloomington, Minn. and played at the University of Minnesota…RW Chuck Kobasew skated in 125 games with Minnesota (2009-11), while D Greg Zanon played for the Wild for most of three seasons (2009-12), totaling 202 games.||The Wild has scored power play goals in three of the last four games and is 17.6 percent on the man advantage over the stretch.|
|Wild vs. Avalanche will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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