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Sunday, November 18th (All times eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (11-6-1) at Minnesota Wild (10-7-2), 6 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of Northwest Division rivals will try to rebound from lopsided losses when the Minnesota Wild welcome the Colorado Avalanche for today's matchup at Xcel Energy Center.

The Avalanche were slammed in Dallas on Friday night, dropping a 6-1 decision to the Stars. Minnesota didn't fare much better the same night in Vancouver, as the Canucks ripped the Wild by a 6-2 count.

Colorado was burned by Jussi Jokinen on Friday, as the Stars winger netted a career-high four goals in the blowout win at American Airlines Center.

Jaroslav Hlinka scored the lone goal for Colorado, which has lost two of its last three contests. Tyler Arnason and Andrew Brunette had the assists, while Jose Theodore and Peter Budaj combined to save 20 shots.

The Avs are playing the second test of a four-game road trip tonight. Colorado, which has a poor 2-5-1 mark as the visitor this season, will also stop in Calgary and Edmonton before the current swing is completed.

On the milestone front, Colorado center Joe Sakic is just eight assists away from reaching 1,000 for his career. The longtime Avs captain is trying to become just the 11th player in NHL history to post 1,000 helpers.

The Wild, meanwhile, lost for the third time in four contests on Friday as Mattias Ohlund had a goal and an assist and Vancouver used a four-goal first period to breeze past Minnesota, 6-2, at GM Place.

Aaron Voros scored his first career goal while Brent Burns also scored for the Wild.

Josh Harding started the game in net, but was yanked after allowing three goals on 11 shots. Niklas Backstrom finished the game between the pipes and made 17 saves.

Today's test marks the opener of a three-game homestand for the Wild, who are 6-2-0 in St. Paul this season. Minnesota is also playing seven of its next eight games at home, beginning with today's contest.

The Avalanche have taken two of the three meetings with Minnesota this season, but both of their wins came on home ice. Colorado has lost two straight and four of its last six games in St. Paul.

11/18 10:50:43 ET

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