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Get your game notes: Wild at Avalanche

Apr 30, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT

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

• The Wild and Avalanche are meeting for the second time in a Game 7 at Pepsi Center in Denver. In 2003, Minnesota’s Andrew Brunette scored at 3:25 of overtime in Game 7 of the 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinals to end the playing career of Avs goaltender Patrick Roy. As a player, Roy was 7-2 at home in Game 7s (including 4-2 for Colorado), and 0-5 on the road (0-3 for Colorado).

• The home team has won all seven games in a playoff series nine times in NHL history, most recently in the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals, won by Los Angeles over San Jose. The last time that the home team won the first six games of a series and lost in Game 7 was also last season, in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, when the N.Y. Rangers blanked Washington 5-0 in the series decider.

• The NHL’s two leading scorers this postseason, Minnesota’s Zach Parise (3-7–10) and Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon (2-8–10), have feasted on their opponents on home ice this series. That is something that bodes well for the Avs’ rookie, who will play Game 7 at home, where he’s scored all 10 of his points.

• MacKinnon, who in Game 5 became the highest-scoring teenager playing in his first playoff series (18 years, 237 days), is tied with Maurice “Rocket” Richard for the most points at home in his first-ever playoff series. The Hockey Hall of Famer registered 10 points in three games at the Montreal Forum for the Canadiens in the 1944 NHL Semifinals. Elias Sports Bureau

• Parise set two Wild playoff records in Game 6, becoming the first Minnesota player to register four points (two goals, two assists) in a playoff game, and the fastest to score a goal (49 seconds into the first period). Since arriving in Minnesota before the 2013 season, Parise has registered a point in 13 of 15 games versus Colorado (regular season and playoffs), and multiple points in five of those 15.

• The Minnesota-Colorado series has featured four one-goal games, including three games settled in overtime. In their last 15 postseason meetings, the Wild and Avs have contested 12 one-goal games. (Seven were won by Minnesota.) Two other times, in Games 2 and 6 of this series, the teams were separated by one goal late, until empty-net goals widened the final margin.

• Four times this series, Avs coach Patrick Roy has pulled goalie Semyon Varlamov (3-3 record, 2.45 GAA, .923 save%) with more than two minutes to go in the third period and down by a goal. The Avs tied the game with the extra attacker in their two comeback attempts at home, and won both in overtime.

• Avalanche center Paul Stastny scored a shorthanded goal in Game 6 for his fourth goal of the playoffs, tied for the NHL lead with Jamie Benn (DAL), Wayne Simmonds (PHI), Justin Williams (LAK) and Vladimir Tarasenko (STL). Stastny became only the 15th player in Stanley Cup playoff history to score goals at even strength, on the power play, shorthanded, and in overtime in one series. He joined his father, Peter, who did it for the Quebec Nordiques versus the Hartford Whalers in 1987. Elias Sports Bureau

  1. tved12 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Should be a great game tonight. I look for the final score to be a 2 goal differential, in favor of the Wild of course ;)

  2. yetidad - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    The kids, the wife, even the Labrador are getting pumped up for this game. Win or lose for the Wild, it has been a great series and tonight will be a huge test for Kuemper and the D-corps. Again, they have to not let the big show get into their heads and play the system that has shut down the Avs forwards. Do that and Kuemper is merely solid and then the Wild have a good chance to win. GO WILD! STATE OF HOCKEY!

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Had a dream last night that the Wild beat down the Avs. Score was something like 4-0. Wonder if I have some sort of special vision…

    Haha should be a good game though!!

    • tved12 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      I hope you do!

    • clarke16 - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      I had the same vision. Not 4-0…but it’ll be a greater than one goal differential in favor of the Wild. Varley breakdown tonight.

  4. hockeyfan11 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Lets hope we can get an evenly officiated game, for both teams! Go Wild

    • govtminion - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      We’ve gone this far in the playoffs with bizarre, crap officiating. Why ask for something better NOW? ;)

  5. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Should be a nail biter! Great series from both squads! Play your game Wild and hit hard to slow em down!! Fight til the last whistle! Fight Fight Fight…GO WILD!!!

  6. purpleguy - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    If the Wild win this series, they certainly will have earned it. The Avs have proven they are no fluke, and the Wild have proven they can play with a #1 seed. It has been a fun ride, I just hope the last one isn’t anticlimactic. I suspect if nothing else, that given the youth on both teams, this series has created a rivalry that may go on for a while.

  7. credible316 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Easily the best series of the first round unless the Kings can pull off the impossible.

    It’s a shame either team has to go home this early. Both teams have played great and have exchanged blows back and forth.

    Here’s to a great series!

    GO WILD!

  8. southstands1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    A Game 7 always seems to bring out the best hockey…I think it could be the most exciting game of any series in any sport!

    The Wild are a great team. Parise and Kuemper are as solid as they come. The Avalanche have exceeded my expectations…who would have thought they’d even be in the playoffs after having the #1 overall pick?? Roy has done a terrific job and the future is very bright in Colorado!

    I have really enjoyed this series and am looking forward to these teams battling each other for years to come. It’s been fun Minnesota fans…but I’m hoping your Wild start their off-season in 12 hours!

    Either way…may the best team win…GO AVS!!!!

  9. justintimezone - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    I haven’t been this excited for a hockey game in a few years, can’t wait for tonight!

  10. lbeezyse - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    I hope the Wild pull off the upset, but win or lose, this has been one he11 of a series! It has had all the makings of a developing rivalry and all the elements of a series we will all remember. Dirty play, controversial calls, overtime thrillers, phenomenal goaltending, and great strategies employed by each coach. Hopefully this spills over into next year and beyond. I welcome back the old central with a new twist. It’s been great Avs fans, when the Wild beat your team there is no reason to hang your heads. The future is very bright for both teams.

  11. whiteoutavalanche - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    I cant wait for this one! Go AVS Go!!

  12. joeyashwi - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    I love the Wild but what a series! Whatever team wins it will be well deserved! Two great teams playing exciting playoff hockey. Can’t ask for much more than that. Good luck Avs fans. Win or lose, both fan bases win. Go Wild!!!!

  13. salutethis - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    This series has been exciting, and a great stage for the Av’s to win and make a statement. Duchene coming back will be big and might make up for the loss of Barrie. Unfortunately the dirty cook play is still the biggest play of this series.

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      how bout the games decided by the refs? the avs would be done if not for those games.

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        not to mention the dirty knee on knee by bourdelau

  14. salutethis - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Yeah, with Barrie out this series might have been done 3 games ago… I equate it to what would the wild play like without Suter?

  15. salutethis - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Holy crap this is a exciting game tho!!

  16. salutethis - May 1, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Matt cook series MVP!!

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