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GAMEDAY: Wild vs. Colorado Game 6

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

Mike Doyle - Managing Editor

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GAMEDAY: Wild vs. Colorado Game 6
Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild (No. 7 seed in Western Conference) vs. Colorado Avalanche (No. 2 seed in Western Conference) - Minnesota trails in the series 3-2

Win or go home—all that’s left for the Minnesota Wild tonight at Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild looks to stave off elimination in Game 6, down 3-2, of the best-of-seven First Round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Colorado Avalanche. With a win, the Wild would force a Game 7 back in Colorado. A loss, well, that’s it.

All season Minnesota has responded whenever its back was against the wall, whenever the club was counted out. Tonight, facing an Avs team eager to end the series, the Wild again will have to answer. At different points of the season, different players have stepped up for the Wild when the team needed a boost. The club will need another type of all-hands-on-deck effort tonight.

Home ice has been the difference in the series, thus far, which has seen three game decided in overtime. The home club is undefeated through five games, and the Wild hopes to continue the trend in the State of Hockey tonight. Minnesota has had a distinct advantage at Xcel Energy Center, outshooting Colorado 78-34 in the two games in Saint Paul and 175-129 this series.

Minnesota looks to rebound from Game 5, after Colorado snatched victory out of the hands of defeat, 4-3, in overtime. The Wild trailed by a goal heading into the third period on Saturday, but scored twice to take the lead on goals from Zach Parise and Kyle Brodziak. However, the Avs tied the game late with its goaltender pulled and then won in overtime. Matt Moulson also scored for Minnesota, while Darcy Kuemper made 31 saves in the loss.     

In Game 5, the Wild could’ve had reason to be very upset after the game. With Colorado’s net empty, Andre Benoit looked like he got away with a hold against Charlie Coyle. Then, it looked like Paul Stastny was offside on the game-tying goal. That’s all ancient history now, as the Wild looks to bounce back and force Game 7. 
If You're Going
Colorado’s offense has been stymied away from the Mile High City. Nathan MacKinnon scored seven points through the first two games in Colorado, but was blanked in Games 3 and 4 in the State of Hockey. He had two assists and the overtime goal in Game 5 for his third three-point game of the series. Due to forecast rain and wind for Monday, the Minnesota Wild is cancelling the pre-game outdoor activities previously announced for Game 6 tonight.  For fans with tickets to the game, The Bud Light Fan Zone at Gate 4 of Xcel Energy Center will still open at 5:30 p.m., and feature the KFAN Pre-Game broadcast live (6:30-7:30), the FOX Sports North Girls, Minnesota NHL Alumni autographs and more.

 
The Wild will wear its GREEN sweaters tonight.
Who's Hot Gameday Media
Zach Parise has a career-best five-game playoff point streak, and his six points (1-5=6) tie his career high for most in a single series and lead the Wild this postseason.

Fans can guess who's going to be hot with the Wild's HotBox Fantasy Challenge for a chance to win great prizes.

Wild.com
Game Notes | Transactions | Injury Report | Lighthouse | @mnwildLIVE | @mnwild
WildTV
Morning Skate Update | Yeo | Parise | Granlund | Heatley
PONDcast
Wild Preview | Avs Preview
Probably Wild Lineup Between The Pipes
Minnesota will keep the same lines as Game 5:

Parise -Granlund-Pominville
Moulson-Koivu-Coyle
Niederreiter-Haula-Fontaine
McCormick-Brodziak-Heatley

No changes on the blue line:

Suter- Brodin

Spurgeon-Scandella

Prosser-Stoner
Darcy Kuemper ranks second in the NHL with a 1.40 GAA and a .940 SV% this postseason, stopping 78-of-83 shots in parts of four games. At Xcel Energy Center this postseason, he has stopped 33-of-34 shots, earning two wins while posting a 0.48 GAA and a .971 SV%.
View From The Press Box
That’s the challenge in the playoffs, to put it behind you and move on. It’s not easy, there’s no question. It’d be very easy for us to sit here and say we deserve better, whether that’s in the game or in the series. That’s a useless feeling for us right now.

-    Yeo on putting Game 5 behind them




Scratches tonight will be: Jonathon Blum, Stephane Veilleux and Mike Rupp. Cooke is out with a 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.
Honorary State of Hockey Resident Worthless Stat
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. Minnesota enters Game 6 with an all-time record of 2-1 in its sixth game of a series. The Wild is 7-5 all-time in elimination games, including 6-1 in a run to the Western Conference Finals in 2003.


Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
Wild vs. Avalanche will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North and nationally on CNBC with a start time at 8 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.            
Wild.com
Creatures Of Habit | Game 5 Five Takeaways at COL | Game 5 5-Hole at COL |
WildTV
Yeo - April 27
PONDcast
  Yeo, Kuemper, Suter, Koivu, Heatley - April 27
Photo Gallery
Game 5: Wild at Colorado
series schedule/results
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 30 '14MIN 5 at COL 4 - OTN. Niederreiter
Apr 28 '14COL 2 at MIN 5Z. Parise
Apr 26 '14MIN 3 at COL 4 - OTN. MacKinnon
Apr 24 '14COL 1 at MIN 2C. Coyle
Apr 21 '14COL 0 at MIN 1 - OTM. Granlund
Apr 19 '14MIN 2 at COL 4G. Landeskog
Apr 17 '14MIN 4 at COL 5 - OTP. Stastny
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
N. MacKinnon62810+5401
P. Stastny6459+1411
R. O'Reilly6246+4000
G. Landeskog6314+0801
N. Holden6213+4810
J. McGinn6123-1200
T. Barrie3022+3000
P. Parenteau6101-1200
C. McLeod6101-12200
A. Benoit6011+4600
E. Johnson6011-4200
R. Wilson3011-1000
M. Duchene1011-1000
N. Guenin6000+0400
P. Bordeleau6000-11000
B. Malone6000-1200
M. Cliche6000-3200
M. Talbot6000-4400
J. Hejda6000-6600
P. Carey3000-1000
J. Hishon2000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
S. Varlamov63-3151962.45.923
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
Z. Parise63710+1611
J. Pominville6145+0000
M. Koivu6055-1600
C. Coyle6314+0611
M. Granlund6224+3201
R. Suter6134-3410
M. Scandella6213+1000
K. Brodziak5202-2200
J. Spurgeon6112+0000
E. Haula6112+0000
D. Heatley4022+2200
M. Moulson6101+0400
J. Brodin6011+0400
N. Niederreiter6011-3400
M. Cooke3011-1600
C. Stoner6000+22000
N. Prosser6000+21200
C. McCormick6000+11400
J. Fontaine4000-2000
S. Veilleux2000+1200
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
D. Kuemper53-171061.53.934
I. Bryzgalov20-28454.85.822
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