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|The Avs came out of nowhere this season. After finishing with the worst record in the Western Conference last season Colorado won the tough Central Division. Stat heads predicted that the Avalanche would regress, being outshot more than three times per game and having negative possession numbers, but the team never regressed.
Matt Duchene, the team’s regular season leading scorer is expected to miss the series with a knee injury.
|The Avalanche’s playoff tagline is “Why not us?” Well, we’ve got a few reasons why not. But this shouldn’t stop you from trying to win tickets and a new car from the Avs. Colorado is hosting a “Drive to the Playoffs” drawing. Better enter because the promotion might be ending soon.
The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
|Ilya Bryzgalov became the Wild’s no. 1 netminder down the stretch, going 7-1-3 with a 2.00 goals-against average, a .916 save percentage and three shutouts in 11 starts with Minnesota — leading all NHL goalies in shutouts and T-1st in wins since March 18.
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Here’s what the Game 1 lineup will look like
And the blueliners:
Bryzgalov is 7-4-4 with a 2.31 GAA, .918 SV% and one shutout in 15 games (14 starts) against the Avalanche.
|If you’re going to be successful in the playoffs—anytime you see a team who really gets hot in the playoffs, who gets on a run, gets on a roll, whatever you want to say—there’s guys and always storylines in that…There’s always guys who, maybe, exceed the expectations.
- Yeo on needing contributions from depth players
|Scratches tonight will be: Jonathon Blum, Dany Heatley and Mike Rupp, who is serving his suspension. Defenseman Keith Ballard has a lower-body injury.
Forward Jason Zucker (surgery) and goaltender Josh Harding (illness) are on Injured Reserve. Niklas Backstrom is shutdown for the remainder of the season.
|D Erik Johnson hails from Bloomington. LW Patrick Bordeleau was selected by Minnesota in the fourth-round (114th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.||Colorado Head Coach Patrick Roy returns to the playoffs for the first time since the Wild ended his playing career in 2003 with an overtime goal by Andrew Brunette in Game 7.
|Wild at Avalanche will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North and nationally on CNBC with a start time at 8:30 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.||