|15||COLORADO||+120||Ov 5.5,+110||+115||Ov 5.5,+105|
|16||MINNESOTA||-140||Un 5.5,-130||-135||Un 5.5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||15-21-0||-5||15-21||-5||21-14||3.3||32.0||3.3||33.2|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-2.2||2-3||-2.2||1-4||1.8||38.0||2.4||28.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||72||229||55||78||93||3||15||2381||9.6%||256||57||22.3%||378|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||36||119||29||42||47||1||7||1151||10.3%||121||30||24.8%||199|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||2||3||4||0||2||190||4.7%||14||2||14.3%||13|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||20||57||16||17||24||0||4||659||8.6%||81||16||19.8%||99|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||223||58||73||80||12||17||2261||9.9%||250||56||22.4%||373|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||119||31||34||48||6||10||1197||9.9%||134||26||19.4%||200|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||1||5||6||0||3||143||8.4%||9||1||11.1%||19|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||61||19||15||24||3||7||622||9.8%||71||16||22.5%||100|
|PAVEL FRANCOUZ (All Games)||1||0||13||12||92.3%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PAVEL FRANCOUZ (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PAVEL FRANCOUZ (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PAVEL FRANCOUZ (Last 4 Games)||1||0||13||12||92.3%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)||29||25||772||698||90.4%||2||12-13||-3.4||12-13-0||-3||15-10|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Road Games)||15||13||436||395||90.6%||0||6-7||-0.7||6-7-0||0||9-4|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (vs. Division)||6||5||145||128||88.3%||0||1-4||-4.2||1-4-0||-4||3-2|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Last 4 Games)||4||3||75||73||97.3%||2||2-1||+1||2-1-0||+1||0-3|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)||47||47||1438||1308||91.0%||2||19-28||-14.6||19-28-0||-14||22-24|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Road Games)||23||23||730||663||90.8%||1||9-14||-4.3||9-14-0||-3||12-10|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (vs. Division)||15||15||470||433||92.1%||0||7-8||-1.9||7-8-0||-2||4-11|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||128||114||89.1%||0||1-3||-3.1||1-3-0||-3||3-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||15-22-0||-19||15-22||-19||14-20||2.7||31.6||3.0||29.2|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.5||1-4||-3.5||2-2||2.0||30.6||3.6||27.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||73||199||54||73||68||4||13||2300||8.7%||218||45||20.6%||337|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||37||99||27||34||34||4||7||1171||8.5%||115||24||20.9%||169|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||2||5||3||0||1||153||6.5%||16||4||25.0%||17|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||22||56||12||20||22||2||4||698||8.0%||68||11||16.2%||100|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||214||66||65||74||9||17||2135||10.0%||217||43||19.8%||358|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||111||30||29||45||7||7||1082||10.3%||119||20||16.8%||185|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||18||5||7||5||1||1||137||13.1%||10||2||20.0%||29|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||60||18||18||20||4||9||643||9.3%||68||17||25.0%||100|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||60||59||1675||1526||91.1%||0||29-30||-9.4||29-30-0||-8||25-29|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Home Games)||30||29||852||772||90.6%||0||12-17||-15.4||12-17-0||-15||12-15|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (vs. Division)||16||16||441||408||92.5%||0||10-6||+3.7||10-6-0||+3||5-10|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||94||83||88.3%||0||1-3||-2.3||1-3-0||-2||2-1|
|ALEX STALOCK (All Games)||19||14||447||399||89.3%||2||5-9||-5.5||5-9-0||-6||4-8|
|ALEX STALOCK (Home Games)||9||8||225||201||89.3%||0||3-5||-3.6||3-5-0||-4||2-5|
|ALEX STALOCK (vs. Division)||7||6||195||177||90.8%||0||1-5||-5||1-5-0||-5||1-3|
|ALEX STALOCK (Last 4 Games)||4||3||115||103||89.6%||0||0-3||-3.4||0-3-0||-3||0-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLORADO 3.12, MINNESOTA 3.09|
|2/20/2019||WINNIPEG||7-1||W||0, -105||W||6.5 un||O|
|2/22/2019||at CHICAGO||5-3||W||0, -135||W||7 ev||O|
|2/23/2019||at NASHVILLE||5-0||W||0, +170||W||6.5 un||U|
|2/25/2019||FLORIDA||3-4||L||0, -145||L||6.5 ov||O|
|2/27/2019||VANCOUVER||3-2||W||0, -185||W||6.5 un||U|
|3/1/2019||at SAN JOSE||3-4||L||0, +140||L||6.5 ov||O|
|3/3/2019||at ANAHEIM||1-2||L||0, -125||L||5.5 ov||U|
|3/5/2019||DETROIT||4-3||W||0, -250||W||6.5 ev||O|
|3/7/2019||at DALLAS||0-4||L||0, +110||L||5.5 ov||U|
|3/9/2019||BUFFALO||3-0||W||0, -145||W||6.5 ov||U|
|3/11/2019||CAROLINA||0-3||L||0, -105||L||6 ov||U|
|3/15/2019||ANAHEIM||3-5||L||0, -210||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/17/2019||NEW JERSEY||3-0||W||0, -270||W||6 ov||U|
|3/19/2019||at MINNESOTA|| |
|3/21/2019||at DALLAS|| |
|3/24/2019||at CHICAGO|| |
|2/21/2019||at NY RANGERS||4-1||W||0, -105||W||6 un||U|
|2/22/2019||at DETROIT||3-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/24/2019||ST LOUIS||2-1||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/26/2019||at WINNIPEG||3-2||W||0, +135||W||6 ov||U|
|3/2/2019||at CALGARY||4-2||W||0, +165||W||6 un||P|
|3/3/2019||NASHVILLE||2-3||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/5/2019||at NASHVILLE||4-5||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/7/2019||at TAMPA BAY||3-0||W||0, +220||W||6 ov||U|
|3/8/2019||at FLORIDA||2-6||L||0, -115||L||6.5 ov||O|
|3/11/2019||SAN JOSE||0-3||L||0, +100||L||6 ov||U|
|3/14/2019||DALLAS||1-4||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||P|
|3/16/2019||NY RANGERS||5-2||W||0, -235||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/17/2019||NY ISLANDERS||2-3||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/22/2019||at WASHINGTON|| |
|3/23/2019||at CAROLINA|| |
|3/29/2019||at VEGAS|| |
|COLORADO: LAST SEASON: 43-30-9, 95 points. Fourth place in Central Division, 8th seed in Western Conference. |
LOST to Nashville Predators in first round.
COACH: Jared Bednar (third season with Avalanche, third NHL season).
ADDED: LW Matt Calvert, D Ian Cole, G Philipp Grubauer.
LOST: LW Blake Comeau, G Jonathan Bernier, RW Nail Yakupov, G Andrew Hammond.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Nathan MacKinnon. The 23-year-old center is coming off a season in which he had 39 goals and 58 assists. His 97 total points were the most by an Avalanche player since Hall of Famer-turned-general manager Joe Sakic recorded 100 in 2006-07. "His skill level is unbelievable," said Grubauer, who was acquired in a trade with Washington in June. "He can make a difference out there."
OUTLOOK: Not much was expected of the Avalanche this time a year ago. With good reason ' they were coming off a 48-point season. They won't be overlooked again after clinching a playoff spot during their final game of the season, before losing to the Predators in the first round. The line of captain Gabriel Landeskog, MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen was put together on Oct. 28 and combined for 225 points in the final 72 games. "We have to remember how much hard work we put into that and know we aren't going to catch anybody sleeping," Landeskog said. "Everybody knows we're a good team and here to stay."
|MINNESOTA: LAST SEASON: 45-26-11, 101 points. Third in Central Division. |
LOST to Winnipeg Jets in Western Conference quarterfinals.
COACH: Bruce Boudreau (third season, 12th NHL season).
ADDED: RW J.T. Brown, C Eric Fehr, C Matt Hendricks, RW Matt Read, D Greg Pateryn, D Matt Bartkowski.
LOST: C Matt Cullen, LW Tyler Ennis, RW Daniel Winnik.
PLAYER TO WATCH: LW Zach Parise. After missing the first 39 games because of a lower back problem that required surgery, Parise's delayed start was predictably slow. He scored 12 goals in his last 18 games of the regular season, though, and scored in each of the first three playoff games until being knocked out of action again by a broken sternum. Parise, who's entering his 14th NHL season at age 34, isn't built to be the team's premier scorer but needs to replicate that productivity down the stretch to help keep the offense balanced.
OUTLOOK: New GM Paul Fenton made only minor moves this summer for fresh faces on the fourth line and more depth on defense, so the Wild will rely on the same core that has been bounced out of the playoffs in the first round three straight times and won only two series over the last six years. Just reaching the postseason again in the rugged Western Conference would be an accomplishment in itself, and Boudreau has as strong of an 82-game track record as any bench boss in the league. Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, who's coming off a serious ankle injury that kept him out of the playoffs, must stay healthy throughout the seventh year of their identical $98 million megadeals. Wings Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter also have to bounce back from down seasons.
|Avs visit Wild with both needing to get rolling|
Minnesota and Colorado have developed a rivalry through a trio of tough playoff series dating back to 2003. Two Game 7s -- both won by the Wild on the road -- and a six-game series mixed in the middle have amped up the animosity between the teams.
So it seems only fitting they are playing Tuesday night in St. Paul, Minn., with a lot at stake. The Wild, coming off of a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday night, are right behind Arizona for the second wild card and three points ahead of the Avalanche.
A regulation win by Minnesota could deliver a serious blow to Colorado's chances of returning to the postseason. With 10 games left, the Avalanche (31-29-12) have 74 points and need every one they can get down the stretch.
Colorado has been up and down of late. Four of its last five games have been shutouts, with the Avalanche winning two of those. The latest came Sunday at home in a 3-0 win against the New Jersey Devils, with Philipp Grubauer getting his third shutout of the season, all of which have come in the last month.
There was no time to celebrate. Immediately after the win, Grubauer was focusing on the last 10 games.
"We need wins and that was a good step in the right direction," he said. "You can't hope for another team to lose for us to get in. You got to keep playing the right way and every shift for every guy matters."
Colorado's next four are against teams in the wild-card hunt. It begins with a struggling Minnesota team that has lost four of its last five -- two of those after regulation -- and has slipped down in the standings.
The Wild missed chances to put some distance between them and the team's they're battling.
"The lost point hurts," forward Zach Parise said after Sunday's loss to New York. "It's that time of the year where you've got to get them. But at the same time, that just feels probably as well as we've played in a while."
Minnesota (34-30-9) will no doubt focus its attention on Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. MacKinnon had a goal and an assist on Sunday and now has 91 points (37 goals, 54 assists) to become just the second Avalanche player to record consecutive 90-point seasons.
With captain Gabriel Landeskog still out and the grind of the season taking its toll, Colorado made a move on their off day Monday, recalling forward A.J. Greer from the Colorado Eagles of the AHL.
"We've got some guys that are banged up so I want to make sure that we're covered there," coach Jared Bednar told reporters at Avalanche headquarters on Monday.
Bednar said Landeskog's recovery time for his upper-body injury remains 4-6 weeks, which would put his return around the time the playoffs would start. It will take some work for Colorado to still be playing then but the team is not giving up hope.
"We know if we can string together 10 good games here and put some points together, we can get in," defenseman Tyson Barrie said Sunday.
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 4/26/2019 11:49:16 AM EST|