WILD vs. COLORADO AVALANCHE
All-Time Wild Record: 55-44-11 (30-20-5 at Xcel Energy Center, 25-24-6 at Colorado)
2020-21: The Wild is 2-2-0 in four meetings this season against the Avalanche…Minnesota split the first two games against Colorado at Xcel Energy Center with a 5-1 loss (1/30) and a 4-3 overtime win (1/31) and has split two games at Ball Arena with a 2-1 loss (2/2) and a 6-2 victory (2/24)…LW Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild with four points (1-3=4)…LW Jordan Greenway (1-2=3), RW Ryan Hartman (1-2=3) and C Victor Rask (2-1=3) own three points each…G Kaapo Kahkonen is 1-1-0 with a 3.50 GAA and a .892 SV%…G Cam Talbot is 1-1-0 with a 2.51 GAA and a .911 SV% in two starts…D Samuel Girard (0-4=4), C Nathan MacKinnon (0-4=4) and D Cale Makar (1-3=4) lead the Avalanche with four points apiece…RW Joonas Donskoi (2-1=3), RW Mikko Rantanen (1-2=3) and LW Brandon Saad (2-1=3) have three points each…G Philipp Grubauer is 2-1-0 with a 2.35 GAA and a .903 SV% in three starts…G Hunter Miska made 29 saves in the second meeting.
WILD LEADERS: LW Zach Parise owns 42 points (18-24=42) in 44 contests against Colorado…D Ryan Suter has 39 points (5-34=39) in 69 matches…C Nick Bonino owns 19 points (4-15=19) in 29 games…RW Mats Zuccarello has 17 points (5-12=17) in 18 contests.
WILD GOALIES: Talbot is 5-3-0 with a 3.11 GAA and a .890 SV% in nine starts vs. the Avalanche…Kahkonen is 1-1-0 with a 3.50 GAA and a .892 SV% in two starts.
AVALANCHE LEADERS: MacKinnon leads the Avalanche with 30 points (11-19=30) in 33 games against Minnesota…LW Gabriel Landeskog owns 30 points (15-15=30) in 43 matches…Rantanen has 22 points (7-15=22) in 21 contests…Saad owns 19 points (10-9=19) in 31 matches.
AVALANCHE GOALIES: Grubauer is 5-3-0 with a 2.52 GAA and a .914 SV% in eight career starts vs. the Wild…G Pavel Francouz 1-1-0 with a 3.54 GAA and a .897 SV% in two career starts…Miska earned the loss in his sole career action, stopping 29-of-33 shots (1/31)…G Peyton Jones has not faced Minnesota.
CONNECTIONS: Wild Assistant Coach Darby Hendrickson skated in 20 games with Colorado in 2003-04…Minnesota Assistant Coach Brett McLean totaled 75 points (24-51=75) in 160 games with the Avalanche in two seasons (2005-07)…D Ian Cole collected 41 points (6-35=41) in 138 games with Colorado in three seasons (2018-21)…D Erik Johnson hails from Bloomington and played a season at Minnesota…Miska is from North Branch and played one season with the University of Minnesota-Duluth (2016-17)…D Greg Pateryn recorded 12 points (1-11=12) in 103 games with the Wild in three seasons (2018-21).
FAST FACTS: Minnesota has 121 points and 55 wins against Colorado all-time, its most points and tied for most wins against any franchise… The Wild is 18-12-1 against the Avalanche in the last 31 matches, including six shutout victories…Minnesota has outscored Colorado, 88-79, and has outshot the Avalanche, 980-901 in those 31 games, including a Wild shootout goal.
(info courtesy of Wild)