|The Avalanche has struggled on the road this season, going 2-8-3 in games away from Pepsi Center.
Colorado is led offensively by 22-year-old center Matt Duchene and free-agent pickup PA Parenteau. Duchene leads the Avs with 26 points (11-15=26) and Parenteau is right behind with 25 (10-15=25).
|Today the Wild celebrates one of the greatest snack foods in the history of mankind. It’s National Potato Chip Day and all lucky fans in attendance will receive a chip clip presented by Barrel O’ Fun.
The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
|Matt Cullen has six assists in his last seven games and is fourth on the Wild with 15 points (3-12=15) this year.
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|Bouchard will return to the lineup for the first time in three games:
Parise – Koivu – Coyle
Bouchard – Cullen – Setoguchi
Heatley – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Mitchell – Konopka – Rupp
D-pairs will remain the same as Tuesday:
Suter – Brodin
Spurgeon – Stoner
Falk – Gilbert
Niklas Backstrom is 21-5-3 with a 2.18 GAA, a .927 SV% and four shutouts in 29 starts against Colorado.
|It’s almost like we’re in a beer league right now. We just show up and play games.
- Yeo on the team’s inability to practice because of the compacted schedule.
|Newly inked defenseman Brett Clark and Nate Prosser will be tonight's healthy scratches.
Zucker is out with an upper body injury.
Goaltender Josh Harding (treatment for multiple sclerosis) is on Injured Reserve.
|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.||Minnesota has scored the opening goal in five straight games, its longest stretch of the season. The Wild is 8-4-0 when scoring first this year.|
|Wild vs. Colorado 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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