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Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche 3/27/22 @ 5:00PM CST at the "X"


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Wild vs. Avalanche Game Preview

 

Minnesota Wild (39-20-4)  82pts  2nd in the Central

 

3.63 Goals For Per Game (3rd in the NHL)

3.11 Goals Against Per Game (20th in the NHL)

 

19.7% Power Play (20th in the NHL)

76.4% Penalty Kill (22nd in the NHL)

 

Top 5 Scorers:

1. #97 Kirill Kaprizov ~ 34G 45A = 79pts

2. #36 Mats Zuccarello ~ 19G 44A = 63pts

3. #22 Kevin Fiala ~ 21G 35A = 56pts

4. #38 Ryan Hartman ~ 26G 22A = 48pts

5. #17 Marcus Foligno ~ 19G 14A = 33pts

 

Top 3 PIM’s:

1. #17 Marcus Foligno ~ 105 PIM’s

2. #44 Nic Deslauriers ~ 90 PIM’s*

3. #21 Brandon Duhaime ~ 80 PIM’s

 

Top Goaltenders:

1. #33 Cam Talbot (26-12-1)  2.82GAA  .910%  2SO

2. #29 Marc-Andre Fleury (20-21-5)  2.95GAA  .908%  4SO**

 

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Colorado Avalanche (46-14-5)  97pts  1st in the Central

 

3.82 Goals For Per Game (2nd in the NHL)

2.77 Goals Against Per Game (9th in the NHL)

 

24.8% Power Play (6th in the NHL)

79% Penalty Kill (17th in the NHL)

 

Top 5 Scorers:

1. #91 Nazem Kadri ~ 25G 54A = 79pts

2. #96 Mikko Rantanen ~ 32G 45A = 77pts

3. #8 Cale Makar ~ 24G 49A = 73pts

4. #29 Nathan MacKinnon ~ 22G 48A = 70pts

5. #95 Andre Burakovsky ~ 18G 28A = 46pts

 

Top 3 PIM’s:

1. #56 Kurtis MacDermid ~ 72 PIM’s

2. #91 Nazem Kadri ~ 67 PIM’s

3. #96 Mikko Rantanen ~ 52 PIM’s

 

Top Goaltenders:

1. #35 Darcy Kuemper (30-9-2)  2.39GAA  .923%  5SO

2. #39 Pavel Francouz (12-3-1)  2.53GAA  .918%  2SO

 

*- denotes stats Deslauriers accrued from his time with Anaheim

**- denotes stats Fleury accrued from his time with Chicago

 

I wrote up the game preview today and I will be writing up the post-gamer as well.  We have come up with a shortened version of the Wild Oscars that we think you might enjoy.  Not a great game last night, but they found a way to get an important two points to give themselves a small cushion against the Blues.  Still this one is going to be the litmus test.  Are we a contender or are we just fooling ourselves.  I think we'll see a game that should have a playoff-like atmosphere and the team will have to dig deep if they expect to earn a victory over one of the best teams in the league.  

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If you don't have a horse in the race, You don't make the bet....😏
Hopefully the Wild have some energy after last night's game and wasted a lot overlooking CBJ to this game.

Really lousy scheduling having our last 2 games with the Av's bothh the butt end of B to B's.
Imagine if we were just a few points away and how that could effect the games not in our favor.

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2 minutes ago, TropicalFruitGirl26 said:

Cale Makar.
Fantastic young player....could be a Norris trophy winner one day.

What he just did to Ryan Hartman (push his head hard onto the ice) is an a-hole move though.

Hope the Wild make the Avs pay on the PP here.

This is why you tell DesLaur to go pound some ass (and keep from always taking Foligno off the ice).  We needed some more 'enforcement' and now we have it - USE IT, and send a message to the rest of the league before playoffs.

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46 minutes ago, ClusterChuck said:

Still waiting to see what Jost brings.

As far as I can tell, not much. 
He just can’t get on the same page with duhaime and dlo. 1 more game like this and I would try Dewar. 

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