|11||COLORADO||+130||Ov 5,-110||+150||Ov 5,-110|
|12||MINNESOTA||-150||Un 5,-110||-170||Un 5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1-4-0||-2.5||1-4||-2.5||2-3||1.8||27.0||3.6||31.2|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.9||2-3||-0.9||1-2||2.6||33.4||2.6||26.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||11||23||5||7||11||0||2||339||6.8%||37||3||8.1%||38|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5||9||2||2||5||0||1||135||6.7%||14||1||7.1%||14|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||2||7||4||0||2||167||7.8%||18||2||11.1%||20|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||5||12||2||4||6||0||2||151||7.9%||18||1||5.6%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||29||13||11||4||1||1||320||9.1%||55||11||20.0%||47|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||18||6||9||3||0||1||156||11.5%||27||10||37.0%||30|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||7||4||1||1||0||130||10.0%||19||1||5.3%||20|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||15||5||7||3||0||1||139||10.8%||24||7||29.2%||24|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (All Games)||2||1||45||42||93.3%||0||1-0||+1.5||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Road Games)||2||1||45||42||93.3%||0||1-0||+1.5||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (vs. Division)||1||1||28||25||89.3%||0||1-0||+1.5||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Last 4 Games)||2||1||45||42||93.3%||0||1-0||+1.5||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)||10||10||274||249||90.9%||2||3-7||-4.4||3-7-0||-4||1-7|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Road Games)||4||4||110||96||87.3%||1||0-4||-4||0-4-0||-4||1-3|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (vs. Division)||4||4||110||99||90.0%||1||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||1-3|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||102||92||90.2%||0||1-3||-2.4||1-3-0||-2||0-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5-2-0||+2.6||5-2||+2.6||1-5||2.1||29.0||2.0||25.1|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1||2-3||-1||0-4||1.4||25.4||2.0||27.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||13||27||6||13||5||3||2||344||7.8%||50||8||16.0%||46|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7||15||5||5||3||2||1||203||7.4%||27||4||14.8%||27|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||7||0||4||1||2||1||127||5.5%||19||3||15.8%||10|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||4||8||0||5||2||1||1||108||7.4%||20||4||20.0%||14|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||32||10||11||10||1||0||356||9.0%||45||7||15.6%||55|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||14||7||3||4||0||0||176||8.0%||28||3||10.7%||20|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||5||4||1||0||0||136||7.4%||17||2||11.8%||16|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||9||4||3||2||0||0||103||8.7%||13||2||15.4%||15|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||10||9||265||242||91.3%||0||4-5||-1.5||4-5-0||-2||2-6|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Home Games)||6||5||142||130||91.5%||0||3-2||+0.4||3-2-0||0||1-3|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (vs. Division)||3||3||67||60||89.6%||0||2-1||+1||2-1-0||+1||1-1|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||100||92||92.0%||0||2-2||0||2-2-0||0||0-3|
|JOSH HARDING (All Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Home Games)||3||2||34||32||94.1%||1||2-0||+2.2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|JOSH HARDING (vs. Division)||1||0||6||6||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DARCY KUEMPER (vs. Division)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLORADO 3.09, MINNESOTA 3.29|
|1/19/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-4||L||0, +125||L||5 ov||O|
|1/22/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-1||W||0, +105||W||5 ov||U|
|1/24/2013||COLUMBUS||4-0||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||at SAN JOSE||0-4||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/28/2013||at EDMONTON||1-4||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||at VANCOUVER||0-3||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||at CALGARY||6-3||W||0, +150||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/2/2013||EDMONTON||3-1||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/4/2013||DALLAS||2-3||L||0, -135||L||5 ov||P|
|2/6/2013||ANAHEIM||0-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/11/2013||PHOENIX||2-3||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||P|
|2/14/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|2/16/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|2/20/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|2/23/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/24/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|1/19/2013||COLORADO||4-2||W||0, -145||W||5 ov||O|
|1/20/2013||DALLAS||1-0||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||U|
|1/22/2013||NASHVILLE||1-3||L||0, -155||L||5 ov||U|
|1/25/2013||at DETROIT||3-5||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||at ST LOUIS||4-5||L||0, +145||L||5 ov||O|
|1/29/2013||COLUMBUS||3-2||W||0, -200||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||CHICAGO||3-2||W||0, +115||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||at ANAHEIM||1-3||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/4/2013||at PHOENIX||1-2||L||0, +120||L||5 ov||U|
|2/7/2013||VANCOUVER||1-4||L||0, +105||L||5 un||P|
|2/9/2013||NASHVILLE||2-1||W||0, -135||W||5 un||U|
|2/11/2013||at CALGARY||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|2/12/2013||at VANCOUVER||1-2||L||0, +195||L||5 ov||U|
|2/21/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|2/23/2013||at CALGARY|| |
LAST SEASON: 41-35-6, 88 points. Missed postseason.
COACH: Joe Sacco, 4th season with Avalanche, 114-109-23.
ADDED: RW P.A. Parenteau, C John Mitchell, D Greg Zanon
LOST: C Peter Mueller, C Jay McClement, C Joakim Lindstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Gabriel Landeskog. The Avalanche believe so highly in the 20-year-old that they made him the youngest captain in NHL history. Landeskog is coming off a stellar season in which he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.
OUTLOOK: The Avs will have plenty of scoring punch - even more if they can sign restricted free-agent center Ryan O'Reilly - but to return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons will largely depend on the play of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. He had a 2.59 goals-against average in his first season in Colorado after being acquired from Washington for a first-round pick. The Avs expect big things out of the young netminder.
LAST SEASON: 35-36-11, 81 points.
COACH: Mike Yeo, 2nd season, 35-36-11.
ADDED: LW Zach Parise, D Ryan Suter, C Mikael Granlund, LW Torrey Mitchell, C Zenon Konopka, C Jake Dowell.
LOST: LW Guillaume Latendresse, RW Nick Johnson, LW Warren Peters, RW Jed Ortmeyer, D Mike Lundin, C Erik Christensen, D Kurtis Foster.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Parise and Suter are the headliners, their identical 13-year, $98 million contracts serving as July 4 fireworks over the NHL free agent market, but the Finnish sensation Granlund is being given a spot on the second line before his 21st birthday. The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft is so popular in his home country that paparazzi follow him around town. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound, slick-with-the-stick scorer spent the lockout playing for the Wild's AHL affiliate. He had 20 goals and 31 assists in 45 games last season for his club in Helsinki.
OUTLOOK: The Wild had the league's best record at 20-7-3 at the 30-game mark but nosedived down the stretch under the weight of myriad injuries. After signing Parise, bringing Granlund over and getting Pierre-Marc Bouchard back from another lengthy concussion absence, the Wild have unquestionably the deepest and most talented group of forwards in the franchise's 13-year history. Staying healthy in a fast-paced condensed season will be critical, of course, but the key to making the playoffs for the first time in five years is on the blue line, where veterans Suter and Tom Gilbert will need help from young players like Jared Spurgeon, Clayton Stoner and Marco Scandella.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLORADO-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Avalanche-Wild Preview* ========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Colorado (4-6-1) at Minnesota (6-6-1), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Minnesota Wild's top line was clicking in a season-opening victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Perhaps a second visit from the injury-plagued Avs will get Zach Parise, Dany Heatley and Mikko Koivu back on track.
Minnesota looks to match its best home start in five seasons on Thursday night when banged-up Colorado tries to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat.
The Wild (6-6-1) were hoping that signing Parise, who netted 31 or more goals in each of his previous five full seasons with New Jersey, would provide life to an offense that recorded the fewest goals in the NHL in a decade last season (166).
The Twin Cities native got off to a great start in a Wild sweater, setting up Heatley's power-play goals in a 4-2 victory over Colorado on Jan. 19, but he has just one goal in the last eight games.
Heatley hasn't recorded an assist in that stretch, and he was just moved back to the top line in Tuesday's 2-1 loss at Vancouver after getting replaced by rookie Charlie Coyle.
Koivu, who also assisted on Heatley's scores against the Avs last month, has one assist in the last seven contests.
The play of Devin Setoguchi is a good sign - he leads the Wild with two goals and three points over the last six games after finding the back of the net Tuesday - but Minnesota has six total goals while losing four of six this month.
"We got a find a way to score," Parise said of a team that's 29th in the NHL in goals per game (1.92). "That's too many games of just getting one. We've got to generate offense, and it's not good enough right now."
Colorado (4-6-1) isn't much better at 2.09 after scoring four total goals during its slide. The Avs, who have been shut out three times while losing six of eight, are clearly hurting from center Ryan O'Reilly's season-long contract dispute as well as injuries to Steve Downie (ACL) and captain Gabriel Landeskog, who has missed the last seven games with a concussion.
Colorado is also without Ryan Wilson (ankle) and fellow defenseman Erik Johnson, who is sidelined indefinitely after suffering a head injury in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to Phoenix.
"This is unbelievable," said center John Mitchell, who will skate Thursday after missing Monday's contest with the flu. "Hopefully, these aren't significant injuries and we can get over them relatively quickly - get this injury bug and whatever else it is out of the way."
Avs defenseman Matt Hunwick is expected to return from a torso injury and replace Johnson. He'll be in front of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who will make his second start of the season.
Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves for the Avalanche in last month's loss in St. Paul.
Niklas Backstrom, who turned aside 25 shots in that game to improve to 21-5-2 versus Colorado, should be in net for the Wild after Darcy Kuemper stopped 28 shots in his NHL debut on Tuesday. Kuemper was called up with backup Josh Harding feeling the effects of medication he takes for multiple sclerosis.
With a win, Minnesota will be 6-2-0 at home for the first time since a 7-2-0 start to 2007-08.
Colorado has been outscored 18-9 while posting a 1-4-0 record outside Denver.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 8:52:37 PM EST|