Avalanche at Wild
The Minnesota Wild have the fewest regulation home losses in the NHL while the Colorado Avalanche are the league's hottest team at home. Minnesota has witnessed Colorado's dominance at home firsthand on two occasions this season and will get the chance to avenge a pair of lopsided beatings when it hosts the Avalanche on Tuesday night.
The Wild had a three-game winning streak snapped in a 4-1 setback at Edmonton on Saturday but they still hold a three-point edge over Dallas for third place in the Central Division. Minnesota is 24-5-6 at Xcel Energy Arena and may need every ounce of fan support to turn the tables on Colorado, which thrashed the visiting Wild twice in 2018 -- 7-2 on March 2 and 7-1 on Jan. 6. "I think it's in the back of your mind for sure, they spanked us pretty good twice in their barn," Minnesota forward Eric Staal said. "The big picture, most important thing is the two points, regardless of who we're playing against. But there's a little extra in there because of how we've played the last two games against them in Colorado." Nathan MacKinnon amassed eight points in the last two wins over the Wild and has seven goals during an eight-game point streak for Colorado, which is 4-0-3 in its last seven games and trails Dallas by two points for the top wild card.
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ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (36-24-8): MacKinnon kept up his torrid pace by setting up two goals in Saturday's 5-2 win over Arizona, giving him 20 points over his last 10 games and pushing his season total to 81. Linemate Mikko Rantanen is on a tear of his own with 13 points over the past seven games, including a goal and three assists in the demolition of the Wild on March 2. Goaltender Jonathan Bernier, in his return from a three-week absence due to a concussion, had to exit Saturday's game shortly after taking a puck off his mask.
ABOUT THE WILD (39-23-7): Staal was held off the scoresheet in Edmonton but he has been on a goal-scoring binge, tallying 11 times over the past 10 games to boost his season total to 37. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk is 19-3-5 at home with a goals-against average (2.14) that is more than one lower than on the road (3.22), with the latter mark inflated in part by the two losses at Colorado, in which he yielded 11 goals and was yanked each time. Charlie Coyle followed a 12-game goal drought by scoring in back-to-back contests.
1. Colorado has scored a power-play goal in seven consecutive games.
2. Wild rookie D Nick Seeler is expected to return to the lineup after sitting out the last three games.
3. Avalanche F Carl Soderberg has three goals in his last two games and three tallies and an assist in three meetings versus the Wild this season.