Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild
Colorado Avalanche Preview
The Colorado Avalanche attempt to secure their fourth straight win and seventh in eight outings on Sunday when they complete a five-game road trip against the Minnesota Wild in Saint Paul, Minn. Nathan MacKinnon, who leads the team in goals (31), assists (44) and points (75), scored the go-ahead goal with 4:34 remaining in the third period of Colorado’s 2-1 win over Columbus on Saturday.
MacKinnon has four points (one goal, three assists) in three games versus Minnesota this season and 25 (10 goals, 15 assists) in 29 career encounters. Captain Gabriel Landeskog, who set up MacKinnon’s game-winner on Saturday, has 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 38 career meetings with the Wild.
Minnesota Wild Preview
The Minnesota Wild vie for their fourth consecutive victory on Sunday when they open a four-game homestand against the Colorado Avalanche in Saint Paul, Minn. The Wild have won two of the three encounters thus far this season versus Colorado, with defenseman Ryan Suter collecting five points (two goals, three assists). Suter, who leads the team in assists with 31, set up a goal in his third straight game in Minnesota’s 3-2 win over Dallas on Friday.
Zach Parise, who played in his 1,000th NHL game that day, has three points (one goal, two assists) in three encounters with the Avalanche this season and 39 (17 goals, 22 assists) in 39 career meetings. Joel Eriksson Ek had two goals in the win versus the Stars and has two assists this season against Colorado.