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Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021

FinishedTV: ALT | BSNXcel Energy Center Saint Paul

7Colorado Avalanche
8Minnesota Wild

OP
0
5.5
CU
-1.5 +145
5.5o -115
ML
220
140
Partials
1 2 3
0 3 0
3 2 3
Score
3
8
Recap

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The Colorado Avalanche will try to match a franchise points record Wednesday night when they again oppose the Minnesota Wild in Saint Paul, Minn.

The Avalanche beat the Wild 5-4 Monday night for their 15th consecutive game without a regulation defeat (13-0-2), the longest points streak in the NHL this season. The franchise record for the Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques is 16 straight games, accomplished during their Stanley Cup-winning season of 2000-01.

Five different players produced goals for Colorado on Monday while Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves to extend his personal points streak to 13 games (12-0-1), passing Patrick Roy (1996-97) and Peter Budaj (2006-07) for the longest in franchise history.

The West Division-leading Avalanche, who are 5-1-1 against Minnesota this season, have won five in a row and are tied with the Florida Panthers for the most points in the league, 56. Colorado also has played two fewer games than the Panthers.

"Where we are in the standings -- first, second, third -- we know it's important, but it doesn't necessarily make you the best team," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. "That has yet to be proven and has to be proven in the playoffs and not the regular season."

Colorado showed how dominant it can be in a second period Monday that saw the Avalanche outshoot the Wild 20-5 while scoring four consecutive goals to take a 4-1 lead. The Wild cut it to 4-2 in the third period on a Nick Bjugstad goal, but Gabriel Landeskog answered to put Colorado back up by three.

Minnesota got a power-play goal from Marcus Johansson midway into the third period, and Kevin Fiala's six-on-four goal with 35 seconds left closed it to 5-4, but the Wild couldn't muster a tying score.

The loss snapped a franchise-record, 11-game home winning streak for the Wild dating to Jan. 30, a 5-1 loss to the Avalanche. Minnesota outscored its opponents 35-14 in two months of nothing but winning at home.

"We competed our butts off in the third period, but it's not good enough," Minnesota coach Dean Evason said. "It's not good enough against a team like this. It has to be 60 minutes, can't be 20, can't be 40. It has to be 60 minutes."

"We know what we need to do and how we need to play to beat these guys over there," said Ryan Hartman, who had given the Wild a 1-0 early lead before Colorado's second-period onslaught. "We just had a brain fart and thought we were something else in the second period, and we weren't doing what we need to do to beat that team. There's a certain way to play. We didn't do that."

The Wild hope their strong third period will carry over into Wednesday night's game.

"After the second period, we all came in and we all knew what we had to do," Hartman said. "That was our game plan in the first period, to play them hard. And we didn't play them hard in the second period.

"We made it easy on them, and we kinda kicked ourselves after the second, talked about how to play them, and guys pushed back and we made it a lot harder for them in the third period."

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 86% L 14%
6 1
  • @St. Louis D 0 - 0
  • Los Angeles D 0 - 0
  • Los Angeles D 0 - 0
  • @St. Louis W 4 - 3
  • Arizona W 2 - 4
  • @Anaheim W 4 - 1
  • @Anaheim W 2 - 0
  • @Minnesota L 3 - 8
  • @Minnesota W 5 - 4
  • St. Louis W 1 - 2
W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • @Arizona W 5 - 2
  • San Jose W 2 - 5
  • San Jose W 2 - 3
  • Arizona W 2 - 5
  • @St. Louis L 2 - 3
  • @St. Louis L 1 - 9
  • Colorado W 3 - 8
  • Colorado L 5 - 4
  • @Vegas W 2 - 1
  • @Vegas W 3 - 2

Next Games

  • @St. Louis(04-20-21) D 0 - 0
  • @St. Louis(04-20-21) D 0 - 0
  • @Vegas(02-16-21) W 3 - 2
  • @Vegas(02-16-21) W 3 - 2
  • San Jose(01-28-21) W 0 - 3
  • @Arizona(04-19-21) W 5 - 2
  • @Los Angeles(02-16-21) L 0 - 4
  • @San Jose(03-31-21) L 2 - 4
  • St. Louis(03-25-21) W 0 - 2
  • St. Louis(03-25-21) W 0 - 2

Last Meetings

  • Avalanche @ Wild 3-8
  • Avalanche @ Wild 5-4
  • Wild @ Avalanche 0-6
  • Wild @ Avalanche 1-5
  • Wild @ Avalanche 6-2
  • Wild @ Avalanche 0-0
  • Wild @ Avalanche 1-2
  • Avalanche @ Wild 3-4
  • Avalanche @ Wild 5-1
  • Avalanche @ Wild 3-2

Eastern Conference

AtlanticWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Florida Panthers3012363 16-0-414-0-8152126L16-0-3
Tampa Bay Lightning3014161 17-0-613-0-8153121L15-0-5
Toronto Maple Leafs2812561 14-0-714-0-5147120L46-0-2
Boston Bruins2612456 14-0-612-0-6127110L27-0-2
Montreal Canadiens1915644 10-0-109-0-5126123L23-0-7
Detroit Red Wings1625537 10-0-106-0-15107153L34-0-4
Ottawa Senators1626335 9-0-107-0-16126166L14-0-6
Buffalo Sabres1227428 5-0-157-0-12111156L15-0-4

Western Conference

CentralWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Colorado Avalanche309363 18-0-412-0-5154101L19-0-1
Minnesota Wild2813258 17-0-411-0-9137117L27-0-2
Winnipeg Jets2715155 11-0-716-0-8144120L16-0-3
Nashville Predators2521151 14-0-911-0-12126132L26-0-4
Chicago Blackhawks2120345 11-0-810-0-12129144L15-0-5
Dallas Stars1914644 12-0-67-0-8130113L26-0-2
St. Louis Blues1918442 7-0-1012-0-8124135L23-0-6

Eastern Conference

MetropolitanWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Carolina Hurricanes3010363 16-0-314-0-7146108L16-0-2
Washington Capitals2913260 14-0-615-0-7163141L16-0-4
New York Islanders2913361 19-0-210-0-11133106L27-0-3
Pittsburgh Penguins2914260 17-0-312-0-11159132L16-0-3
New York Rangers2317450 11-0-712-0-10152124L16-0-2
Philadelphia Flyers2018343 9-0-1011-0-8128162L23-0-4
Columbus Blue Jackets1524636 8-0-87-0-16117163L71-0-8
New Jersey Devils1425230 4-0-1710-0-8115157L71-0-9

Western Conference

PacificWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Vegas Golden Knights3211064 17-0-415-0-7150100L18-0-2
Edmonton Oilers2715256 14-0-813-0-7141121L16-0-2
Arizona Coyotes2021343 11-0-99-0-12123146L14-0-6
Calgary Flames1923240 10-0-109-0-13118133L24-0-6
San Jose Sharks1822238 8-0-1010-0-12120152L63-0-6
Vancouver Canucks1718236 10-0-97-0-9103122L36-0-3
Los Angeles Kings1620537 7-0-99-0-11114127L23-0-7
Anaheim Ducks1425533 5-0-169-0-9103147L23-0-6

Last Injuries

Minnesota Wild

  • Nick Bjugstad

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Bjugstad is sidelined due to an upper-body injury, and there is no timetable for his return to action.

  • Kevin Fiala

    Upper Body
    Prob Wed | probable

    Fiala sat out the last contest with an upper-body injury, but it is likely that he will play against the Coyotes on Wednesday.

  • Marcus Foligno

    Lower Body
    Prob Wed | probable

    Foligno has been sidelined with a lower-body injury, but he is expected to take on the Coyotes on Wednesday.

Colorado Avalanche

  • Mikko Rantanen

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Rantanen has been designated for the COVID-19 protocol list, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Philipp Grubauer

    Illness
    Early May | I-R

    Grubauer has been added to the NHL's COVID protocol list and it is projected that he will return to the lineup until early May.

  • Joonas Donskoi

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Donskoi has been posted to the COVID-19 protocol list, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Matt Calvert

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Calvert is on the injured reserve list with an undefined ailment, and it is unclear how long he will be idle.

  • Dennis Gilbert

    Face
    Late April | I-R

    Gilbert has been shifted to the injured reserve with a facial injury, and he is projected to miss four to six weeks of action.

  • Erik Johnson

    Upper Body
    out for season | I-R

    Johnson has ended up on the long-term injured reserve list with an upper-body injury, and he will miss the remainder of the regular season.

  • Pavel Francouz

    Lower Body
    out for season | I-R

    Francouz has wound up on the long-term injured reserve list due to a lower-body injury, and he will miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

  • Bowen Byram

    Head
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Byram is out of the lineup with a head injury and has been added to the COVID-19 protocol list, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.