It's a big division game for the Avalanche, who are trying to right the ship and get back into contention in the Northwest. A win at first place Minnesota would certainly be a good place to start.
Through the first 20 minutes, neither team has managed to score. Unofficially, the Wild hold an 8-6 edge in shots on net. Both teams were called for a penalty in the opening period, and the Avalanche will begin the second period with 1:34 seconds of power play time. Minnesota defenseman Clayton Stoner was sent to the box for a tripping penalty with 26 seconds remaining in the first period.
Minnesota has an 11-8 edge in the faceoff circle, while Colorado has out-hit the Wild 6-1.
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