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Get your game notes: Avalanche at Wild

Apr 28, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT

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Tonight on CNBC, it’s the Minnesota Wild hosting the Colorado Avalanche at 9 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

— Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon netted the game-winner in overtime and recorded two assists Saturday to bring his postseason point total to 10, which leads the league. His 10 points are also the most by a teenager in his first playoff series in the Expansion Era. All 10 of MacKinnon’s playoff points have come at the Pepsi Center. The 18-year-old Canadian forward is also the second-youngest player in NHL history to score an overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Youngest players to score OT goal, postseason history

1. Don Gallinger (BOS): 17 years, 339 days vs. MTL on March 21, 1943
2. Nathan MacKinnon (COL): 18 years, 237 days vs. MIN on April 26, 2014
3. Patrice Bergeron (BOS): 18 years, 260 days vs. MTL on April 9, 2004
4. Jaromir Jagr (PIT): 19 years, 49 days vs. NJ on April 5, 1991
5. Ryan O’Reilly (COL): 19 years, 70 days vs. SJ on April 18, 2010
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— Four of five games in the Colorado-Minnesota series have been decided by one goal. (The fifth, Game 2, was a one-goal game until the Avs got an empty-net goal with 15 seconds left). The Avalanche and Wild have now contested 13 one-goal games in their 18 all-time playoff meetings, including 12 of their last 14 matchups. The team that has scored first in the last 10 one-goal games has won seven times.

— Wild forward Zach Parise has a point in every game this series, and his six points (1-5) lead Minnesota this postseason. The 29-year-old has 16 points (6-10) in his last 14 games, dating back to the regular season. Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is set to play in his 50th career playoff game tonight. In Game 5, he had a game-high five blocked shots and 31:31 TOI. Suter leads all skaters in TOI/game this postseason (30:30).

— Avalanche forward Matt Duchene, who led the team in scoring during the regular season (70 pts) but has yet to appear this postseason, participated in Sunday’s optional skate and Monday’s morning skate. The Denver Post reported Sunday night that he is likely to make his 2014 postseason debut tonight, while the Avalanche tweeted today that he will be a game-time decision. Duchene has been out of the lineup since he sprained his left MCL March 31 when he collided with teammate Jamie McGinn just 32 seconds into their regular season game against the San Jose Sharks. Avs coach Patrick Roy said Sunday that if Duchene is cleared to play, he will start on the fourth line and be used primarily on the power play. Duchene has eight points (2G, 6A) in his last 10 games against Minnesota, dating back to the 2013 season.

— Roy pulled goaltender Semyon Varlamov (for an extra attacker) for the third time this series in Game 5, and for the second time it eventually resulted in a win.


  1. yetidad - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Kuemper needs to be great tonight. The Avs will play much better than their last two in Minnesota. Wild cannot let the bright lights get to them or they will end up in their end the whole night. Go Wild and let’s hope we get some fair and neutral refereeing this time around.

    • clarke16 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Yup. Kuemper will show tonight whether he’s ready to be the top dog next season, yeti…

      The reffing should be interesting tonight. Obviously the game is fast and they know it’s impossible to catch everything–so that’s why within the reffing fraternity they use that little tool in their bag of tricks called the *make-up call* Usually it only goes game-by-game, but in this case–when a team scores the winning overtime goal…in a playoff series…that mentality could carry through to the new crew due in how impactful the off-sides F-up was to the outcome of the game and the series as a whole. One thing is for sure–this crew tonight WILL be aware of it…

      I expect us to see a slight *make-up* bias to the calls tonight in the Wild’s favor. Who knows–the crew on Sat night might have been playing catch-up on the Avs side for Cookie only pulling a minor on the knee. We’ll never know…but fans need to sometimes look at reffing in the bigger picture–because most of them certainly do.

    • polegojim - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      I was with you…. Right up to the ‘fair and neutral officiating’ comment…. Wow.

      You’re talking about a microsecond…. And that’s ‘unfair’???

      Wild were on their heels the final part of the game and unable to finish… that loss was in THEM.

      Let’s call it like it was.

      • clarke16 - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        You have to admit–the officiating was far from balanced in that game. All bias aside–you’d have to have a season pass on the short bus to not see that. Having said that–I find it unsavory to blame the officiating for any loss. Officials are human. They make mistakes. It’s part of the game. Sometimes you eat the bear–sometimes it rips a chunk out of your a$$… Like I said, part of the game.

      • krishavy3 - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        I actually don’t know why everyone is so up in arms about the “missed” offsides call. I’m a Wild fan, and those close rushes happen five times a game. Now, to me, the missed call was the absolute mauling of Coyle on his way to an empty net moments before. And, I don’t want to hear about how the Wild was given a “gift” from the Landy unsportsmanlike penalty two minutes before. It’s called “unsportsmanlike” for a reason; he was being an a@# all game. You HAVE to make that call Benoit, regardless. Hopefully we can get a crew like the ones I witnessed during the Chicago-St. Louis game yesterday. I had a hard time arguing with any of the calls they made.

  2. blkeskimo1785 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    If the Avs want to win tonight, they need to do a few things, in my personal opinion: 1) wear down the Wild’s top guys (Parise, Suter, Granlund, Spurgeon, Koivu)…don’t pass up a hit on them. 2) more traffic in front of Kuemper, that guy is definitely in a good zone; if he sees it, he’s going to stop it. 3) better breakouts out of their zone…too often they treat the puck like a grenade. 4) be the more desperate team. I think we all know the Wild are going to throw EVERYTHING at Colorado and Varly. If they can weather the first ten minutes and play a complete game in all three zones, they’ll have a better chance of winning.

    • purpleguy - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      The more the Avs guys can create space, ie 4 on 4, the better. This Wild fan hopes there is none of course.

  3. mogogo1 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Key for the Avs is pretty simple: If they can get to 3 goals, they’re probably going to win. I expect them to look better than they did the last trip to Minnesota.

  4. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Let’s go Wild! Rally the troops! We need this win!!! GO WILD!!!

  5. lbeezyse - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    The Wild need to reestablish their physical puck control game if they want to win this one. Games 3 & 4 are the blue print to beating the Avs. Both game 1 and game 5 were more evenly split and both went to the Avs. Although the Wild should have won both games, they didn’t. I expect the X to be rocking tonight and have a sneaking suspicion Varly is going to crack tonight. The Wild have figured out he is weak high glove (per Parise’s goal in game 5). I hope the Wild regains it physical play and within the confines of the rules, puts some nasty hits on Landeskog. He has played a dirty game the last couple and hopefully has some karma coming his way. I don’t know if it is true, but word is that it may be the same ref crew as we seen in game 5. For the sake of a fair competitive game, I hope that is not the case. Either way, one of these teams will have to play Chicago, whom are starting to heat up again.

    • jernster21 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      What a coincidence, Kuemper must have a weak high glove side too since that’s where he got beat in overtime.

      • clarke16 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Wow! That’s quite a conclusion there–Jerkster…and so brilliant to make with a whopping sample size of ONE. Pot brownies for lunch today?

    • jernster21 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Because a sample size more than one (Parise’s goal) was provided in return right?

  6. mp1131211 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    It’s over. This team gets rattled so easily. The Wild will not be able to overcome losing twice when a win was in their grasp. Congrats Avs, you won, but not fairly. However, there is no column for fair wins. Next round: Avs vs. Blackhawks.

    • clarke16 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Typical Minnesota Viqueen fan with nothing better to do in the winter months… :)

      • mp1131211 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        If you only knew……….

    • jernster21 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Because the blown offside call on PA Parentau’s breakaway was fair right? Or the 2 minutes Cooke got for blowing up Barrie’s knee? Wild fans seem to find every little excuse to complain about to justify why their team loses instead of talking about how the team just isn’t that good and is handcuffed by two 100 miillion dollar contracts. But this team would actually be good if Yeo wasn’t the coach, or if they didn’t have Heatley’s contract, or, or or. Man, it must be embarrassing to be a Wild fan, on the brink of elimination in the first around AGAIN, to a bunch of kids on a team with the 3rd lowest payroll in the league.

      • tved12 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        That’s great analysis jernster, haven’t you noticed that in all professional sports that a low payroll doesn’t matter much in terms of wins and losses?

        It must be embarrassing to be a fan of a team for 15 minutes then suddenly claim to be a great hockey fan. Where were you last year, posting for your team when they sucked d!ck?

      • jernster21 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        Actually I was, yeah and going to the games because I have season tickets. Good to know you know so much about me, it’s all so accurate!

      • tved12 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        Well clearly you haven’t been on these boards much. Yes, MN fans have certainly been muffed about some bad calls and missed calls. But Avs fans have been just as bad or worse. Not only did Cooke get a penalty, he got suspended 7 games. Yet that’s not enough for the Avs fans because he didn’t get a 5 minute major. On top of that, most Wild fans know hockey and agreed that Cooke should be in trouble. On the other hand, Avs fans have constantly defended the officiating on here, saying those were good calls on Saturday night. Anybody who knows anything about hockey knows that was holding on Coyle. Hell, people who don’t know a thing about hockey knew that was holding, but not Avs fans.

        Maybe you’re not a moron, but your fellow fans have made it hard to assume you aren’t.

      • mp1131211 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        The Avs have not exactly been associated with winning over the last decade, jernster.

        Your team has done well this year. Am I making excuses? No. The team’s confidence gets rattled too easily. That’s not an excuse, it’s true. The players’ nerves are jittery and it is not a trait that winning teams have.

        RE: Yeo, I think you’re wrong. He’s been great. And has shown that the Wild can win under distress. I just don’t see it happening tonight.

      • jernster21 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        I’m on the boards all the time, just because you haven’t noticed because I only now said something to piss you off doesn’t mean I haven’t.

        Part of playing hockey is playing through adversity, and bad officiating is part of that – my teams were taught not to let the refs beat us in peewee’s so at the end of the day, even if the calls don’t go your way, you still have to keep playing and try to find a way to win. The refs aren’t robots – human element is part of the game. I haven’t complained about anything this series, but after all the complaints about the officiating from last game, people seem to forget about some of the other bad calls throughout the series (they’ve been bad on both sides). The only reason I bring up Cooke’s 2 minute penalty is because he pretty much won that game for them with his intensity and physicality – if he would have got tossed for the rest of that game it may have played out different with a 5 minute power play. It is what it is. There are two games left, we’ll see what happens.

      • tved12 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        Alright jernster, you seem ok. I apologize for assuming otherwise.

        I know that the calls have been bad both ways, you certainly have your gripes as well. I think it’s just salt in the wounds when it happens with less than 2 minutes and you give up the game tying goal 10 seconds later.

        I still believe the Wild are the better team this series and I’m confident they’ll play well tonight. Hopefully we all get to enjoy a great game 7, won by the Wild of course 😉

    • tved12 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Dude, jump the bandwagon much?

      Don’t congratulate anybody yet, the series isn’t over until somebody wins 4 games. The Wild have looked great this series, especially at home. I’m looking forward to a great game 7!

      • mp1131211 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        I hope you are right.

      • tved12 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        Me too 😉

  7. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    You Avs fan had quite the top line….refs! The only way you walk away from this series a winner! Yea us wild fans complain when we get cheated out of a win…or two! Garbage team eh?? Obviously you didn’t see the wild dress 7 different goalies this year, and as well as having Parise, Koivu, granny and Spurgeon all hurt for a lengthly period of time! Yeah, the wild are garbage! Your a joke jerk! Let’s put a fork in these punks WILD!! GO WILD!!!

    • polegojim - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Whaaaaaaaa… Give it a rest and change that diaper

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        go hit the pole, jimbo

  8. whiteoutavalanche - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    The real shame in all of this, is that whomever wins the series, it wont be about the team that won. It will be about what happened to make the other team lose. It has been an awesome series so far and I hope it continues to be good.

    Avs and Wild always seem to beat each others brains in…Chicago will have an advantage against whomever wins because these two have been thwacking each other for two weeks straight by the time the puck drops in round two.

    Good luck to the Wild…whatever happens…I hope the discussion afterwards isn’t about officiating. It has to be one of the hardest jobs going and definitely the most thankless…

    And enough with the pot jokes already. Not everyone who is an avalanche fan is a wacky-tabacky fan….

    • guitarisgood4u - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      The during game 4 I was having a discussion with a friend about how bad ass hockey referees are, breaking up fights, taking pucks to the side of the head, dodging pucks acrobatically, and making split second decisions that can have major consequences.

      But I turned on them quite quickly in game 5, particularly one Brad Meier.

    • purpleguy - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      In all honesty, I think the Avs have the better chance of skating with the Hawks in the next round than my Wild; however, I of course hope its the Wild. Either way, these close games are killing me.

      • slickvb82 - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Welcome to the playoffs my friend. I have to disagree though, I think the Wild match up better with the Hawks than the Avs do. Look at the regular season series, we handled them for the most part, here and there.

  9. whiteoutavalanche - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    The Avs also managed to go 4-1 in the regular season against the Hawks, but as you know, that means jack in the playoffs. Chicago has looked pretty good against the Blues…

    The Avs were also 4-1 against the Wild in the regular season…once again…doesn’t mean jack

    • slickvb82 - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      Good point. I was simply speaking from a match-up standpoint, but you are definitely right. Thats what we all love about hockey, it can be anyones night!

      Chicago did look great against the Blues, but either of us could beat them!

  10. southstands1 - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Closing a team out on the road is always a tough task. I hope the Avalanche are up to it…anything can happen in a Game 7!

    Plus, I think Minnesota has played better in Colorado than Colorado has played in Minnesota. Have to change that tonight…getting Duchene back even in a limited role would be nice.

    Kuemper has been phenomenal…the Wild have something with that kid long term I think. Shots on goal will be key again. If Colorado can get the puck on net 30+ times, I like their chances. If not, I won’t be shocked to see the series back in Colorado on Wednesday.

    It’s been fun chatting with some of the Wild fans on here…good luck to your team (not really!), but GO AVS!!!

    • slickvb82 - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      It has been fun! With all the drama with Cooke, refs *both ways, home ice advantage so on, its done nothing but build this rivalry!

      Hoping for a good game tonight again, Go Wild!

  11. hardkor07mn - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Jerkster- go eat a d—

  12. zraskovich - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Unlike some fans, I think the Wild have a party out there tonight while destroying the Avs. They haven’t done much here in St. Paul and they know the angry crowd and PO’d Wild are showing up again tonight! Should be a great game!

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