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Wild vs. Avalanche 1/23/19 @ 8:30PM at Pepsi Center


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Wild vs. Avalanche Game Preview


Minnesota Wild (25-21-3)  53pts  3rd in the Central

2.78 Goals For Per Game (26th in the NHL)

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


20.4% Power Play (14th in the NHL)

84.7% Penalty Kill (2nd in the NHL)


Top 5 Scorers:

1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 20G 23A = 43pts

2. #64 Mikael Granlund ~ 12G 27A = 39pts

3. #12 Eric Staal ~ 15G 18A = 33pts

4. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 5G 26A = 31pts

5. #46 Jared Spurgeon ~ 7G 21A = 28pts


Top 3 PIM’s:

1. #36 Nick Seeler ~ 41 PIM’s

2. #17 Marcus Foligno ~ 33 PIM’s

3. #29 Greg Pateryn ~ 29 PIM’s


Top Goaltenders:

1. #40 Devan Dubnyk (19-16-3)  2.58GAA  .913%SP  1SO

2. #32 Alex Stalock (6-5-0)  2.92GAA  .894%SP




Colorado Avalanche (22-19-8)  52pts  5th in the Central

3.41 Goals For Per Game (7th in the NHL)

3.02 Goals Against Per Game (18th in the NHL)


24.9% Power Play (6th in the NHL)

77% Penalty Kill (26th in the NHL)


Top 5 Scorers:

1. #96 Mikko Rantanen ~ 23G 50A = 73pts

2. #29 Nathan MacKinnon ~ 27G 43A = 70pts

3. #92 Gabriel Landeskog ~ 29G 25A = 54pts

4. #4 Tyson Barrie ~ 5G 33A = 38pts

5. #34 Carl Soderberg ~ 16G 14A = 30pts


Top 3 PIM’s:

1. #28 Ian Cole ~ 68 PIM’s

2. #16 Nikita Zadorov ~ 46 PIM’s

3. #11 Matt Calvert ~ 38 PIM’s


Top Goaltenders:

1. #1 Semyon Varlamov (13-12-5)  2.82GAA  .908%SP  1SO

2. #31 Philipp Grubauer (9-5-3)  3.29GAA  .895%SP


I wrote up the game preview, and I'll be writing up the post-gamer too.  Big game with a long break for the Wild and Avalanche coming up.  It should make for a spirited game; or it could be a sloppy mess as guys are too busy thinking about the beach and relaxation.  But important for the standings and for momentum going into the home stretch of the season.  It will be about which team wants this one more.  Enjoy and discuss...

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I wonder whether Eric Fehr is sidelined on concussion protocol or from a broken jaw or facial bone. Broke my jaw in a game long ago and remember it as a slow healing process, especially trying to maintain nutrition and caloric intake with a w your mouth wired shut. You the farm and one of two of Matt Hendricks or J.T. Brown going to waivers for the Iowa assignment, with what apparently is a pretty good AHL squad



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Aaw, this is a great test: the best offensive line in the league against our D. Watch when MacKinnon takes the puck inside his own blueline and puts the pedal to the metal. That's some stopping for you, Ryan! 10 bucks you can't do it. Are we on? 😉


In any case I hope we win. And since Granny is injured, let him heal BB! He doesn't help this team at the moment.

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McKinnon is clearly a Top Tier player, and was as a draft choice.  Rantanen has REALLY surprised me with how fast he has become a Top Tier player.  Granted, he was a first rounder and plays with some great players.  That said, it sure is nice when your first rounders meet (or exceed) expectations even earlier than expected.  I hope the Wild get smarter (or luckier) with their first rounders, as I cannot remember the last first rounder that met or exceeded or expectations earlier than hoped for.  Should be a fun game to watch....

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5 minutes ago, Jimtown guy said:

I see Hunt is left handed. You would think they would of tried to get a right handed D man. 


No kidding.  I didn't dig in but I almost thought they had when I saw they were going to pair him with Brodin and have Bro switch sides...  I didn't think much apparently... 🙄

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