In a West Division battle, the Colorado Avalanche will go on the road and take on the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Colorado has a record of 26-8-4. Minnesota has a record of 23-12-2. These two teams have faced each other seven times this season with the Avalanche winning five out of sseven games.
Avalanche on Five Game Winning StreakColorado has won five straight games. Their last game was a 5-4 win against the Minnesota Wild on Monday. Nathan MacKinnon, Andre Burakovsky, Gabriel Landeskog, Brandon Saad, and J.T. Compher each scored a goal. Philipp Grubauer stopped 21 out of 25 shots faced.
Offense has been on fire for the Avs lately. They have scored four goals or more in seven out of the last 10 games. The team ranks first in goals per game, shots per game, and scoring efficiency ratio, and 10th in shooting %. Nathan MacKinnon leads the team with 45 points. He has at least one point in nine out of the last 10 games. MacKinnon is tied for sixth in points and assists in the league. Mikko Rantanen is third in goals and seventh in points in the NHL. Samuel Girard is tied for fourth in points and fourth in assists among defensemen in the league.
Defense and goaltending have been excellent for the Avalanche this season. They have given up two goals or less in six out of the last 10 games. The team ranks second in goals against per game, first in shots against per game, and ninth in opponent shooting % and save %. Philipp Grubauer has a 24-7-1 record with a 1.83 GAA and a .926 SV%. He is fourth in GAA, seventh in SV%, and first in shutouts among goalies in the NHL. The Avalanche are strong Stanley Cup contenders.
Wild Coming off LossThe Minnesota Wild are coming off a loss. Their last game was a 5-4 loss against the Colorado Avalanche. Kevin Fiala, Nick Bjugstad, Marcus Johansson, and Ryan Hartman each scored a goal, Cam Talbot stopped 31 out of 36 shots faced.
Offense for the Wild has been mediocre recently. They have scored three goals or less in nine out of the last 10 games. The team ranks 15th in goals per game, 25th in shots per game, 13th in shooting %, and 12th in scoring efficiency ratio. Kirill Kaprizov leads the team with 31 points on the season. It has been a balanced effort with 14 players having 11 points or more on the season.
Defense and goaltending have been good for the Wild in recent games. They have given up two goals or less in five out of the last eight games. The team ranks ninth in goals against per game, 17th in shots against per game, and second in opponent shooting % and save %. Kaapo Kahkonen has a record of 12-6-0 with a 2.34 GAA and a .920 SV%. Cam Talbot has a record of 11-6-2 with a 2.41 GAA and a .924 SV%.
- Wild are 1-4 in their last five when their opponent scores five goals or more in their previous game
- Minnesota is 2-4 in their last six games when playing at home against Colorado
- Avalanche are 4-0 in their last four games following a win
- Avalanche are 4-1 in their last five vs. a team with a winning record
- Avalanche are 4-1 in the last five meetings