NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, January 6th
(All times eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (20-18-2) at Minnesota Wild (21-18-2), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild will try to rebound from their first
home loss in over a month, as they welcome the Colorado Avalanche to Xcel
Energy Center tonight.
The Wild had won a franchise-record eight straight in St. Paul before dropping
a close game to Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier
each had a goal and an assist as the Lightning topped Minnesota, 3-2.
Mark Parrish and Pavol Demitra each picked up a goal and an assist for the
Wild. It was the first loss at the Xcel Energy Center for Minnesota since a
setback against Detroit on December 1.
Manny Fernandez finished with 21 saves for Minnesota, which has 44 points and
is locked into a tie with Calgary for second place in the tight Northwest
Division. Vancouver leads the division with 47 points, while Colorado and
Edmonton are tied for last with 42 points apiece.
Tonight is the finale of five-game homestand for the Wild, who are 17-4-1 as
the host club this year.
Meanwhile, the Avalanche will be shooting for their third consecutive victory
after beating the Lightning on Friday night. Tyler Arnason scored the go-ahead
goal on a redirection in the second period, and Peter Budaj stopped 26 shots
in Colorado's 4-2 victory over visiting Tampa Bay.
Paul Stastny had a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, while Milan Hejduk
and Joe Sakic also scored for Colorado.
The Avalanche are 9-9-1 on the road this season.
Colorado has taken two straight and six of the last nine contests against the
Wild. The Avs have also won three of their last five tilts in Minnesota.
01/06 10:49:42 ET