AVALANCHE 4, WILD 1
Nathan MacKinnon had a tap-in goal off a nifty pass from Mikko Rantanen, Semyon Varlamov stopped 20 shots and Colorado beat Minnesota in the opener for both teams.
Carl Soderberg scored, while Rantanen and J.T. Compher added empty-net goals. Varlamov returned to net after missing the playoffs last season with a knee injury he suffered late in the regular season.
The Avalanche are 15-5-3 in home openers since moving to town from Quebec.
Zach Parise scored for the Wild.
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