Colorado Avalanche vs Minnesota Wild Game Preview 10/17/2022

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Colorado Avalanche vs Minnesota Wild Game Preview 10/17/2022

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Colorado Avalanche vs Minnesota Wild Game Preview 10/17/2022

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The defending Stanley Cup Champions head to Minnesota for a huge game against the Wild. Puck drop for these two Western Conference contenders is set for 8:08 p.m. EST. 

The Avalanche dropped its last game to the Flames 5-3 after defeating the Blackhawks on banner night 5-2. The Avs are averaging four goals per game in the early going, so it’s not surprise that three players have at least four points already. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado in the point category with five with all those being assists. Valeri Nichuskin leads the avalanche in goals with three in two games. Minnesota has struggled defensively thus far and the Avs could explode offensively in this one.

The Wild are 0-2-0 to start its 2-22-23 season. Minnesota has allowed seven goals in each of its first two games in a 7-3 loss to the Rangers and a 7-6 loss to the Kings. Matt Boldy and Mats Zuccarello each have two goals and four points through their first two games. The Wild have outshot its opponent in each of its first two games but have not been able to get a solid performance from neither Marc-Andre Fleury, nor Filip Gustavsson yet.

These teams met four times last season here each team went 2-1-1 and took five of eight points. Colorado is projected to start Alexadner Georgiev in net tonight, while it is a toss up for Minnesota between Fleury and Gustavsson. 

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