NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 28th
(All times eastern)
Minnesota Wild (9-12-3) at Colorado Avalanche (14-8-4), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild will try for their third win in four
games as well as a sweep of a home-and-home series, when they visit the
Colorado Avalanche for tonight's battle at the Pepsi Center.
The Wild hosted Colorado on Friday afternoon and rebounded from Wednesday's
shootout loss against Boston with their second win in three games. The stretch
of three straight games with a point (2-0-1) also ties a season-best streak
Chuck Kobasew was the star in Minnesota's 5-3 victory over the Avalanche, as
he recorded his second career hat trick to help the Wild finish a four-game
homestand with a 2-1-1 record.
Andrew Brunette had an assist and scored the game-winner midway through the
third for the Wild, who also received 31 saves from Niklas Backstrom.
"We want to try to get better every night," Backstrom said. "There's a lot of
things we have to work on, but we're improving, we're getting there."
Minnesota played its third straight game without winger Martin Havlat, who was
placed on injured reserve Friday with a hamstring injury. Havlat has
disappointed with just two goals and six assists over 19 games with the Wild
after signing a six-year, $30 million deal in the offseason.
The Wild will try to end a three-game road losing streak tonight. Minnesota
has a pitiful 2-9-2 record as the visiting club this season.
Colorado, meanwhile, lost for the fourth time in five games on Friday. The
Avalanche have managed just four victories over their last 13 games after
winning 10 times in their first 13 tests of the year.
Chris Stewart, Kyle Quincey and Paul Stastny each lit the lamp for the
Avalanche, while Craig Anderson was beaten four times on 31 shots to take the
The setback also was the Avs' fifth loss in the last six tests against the
Wild. Minnesota has taken three of five in Denver, but Colorado has won five
of the last eight meetings at Pepsi Center.
The Avalanche are 7-2-1 as the host this season, but have lost three of their
last four games on home ice.
Colorado defenseman and team captain Adam Foote has missed the last six games
with a jaw injury and is questionable tonight.
11/28 11:07:07 ET