Colorado Avalanche (29-25-11) at Minnesota Wild (36-22-7)
|Date & Time||Sunday March 8, 2015, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under:
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The Wild look for their sixth win in a row and chip away at the Blackhawks in the Central as they host the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
The Avs made a statement last night that they aren't going away quietly as they blanked the Blue Jackets in Columbus by a 4-0 mark and they'll be looking for more here against Devan Dubnyk and the Wild. Colorado is 7-3 in their last 10 games and sit nine points out of a playoff spot so they know it's going to be a continued uphill climb and a heck of a final month for them to sneak in but with the pedigree that Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy bring this is the team that can certainly do it. Colorado knows full well though that the Wild are a very good team and have been among the league's best in 2015 and with the way Devan Dubnyk is playing right now there really isn't much anybody can do to beat him as he is posting video game stats right now and looks to be the steal of the season from a management perspective.
Minnesota has gone from being one of the league's biggest underachievers and looking towards the future by acquiring a backup goaltender from Arizona but the move has not only rejuvenated the career of Devan Dubnyk it has restored faith to the team who looked as though they were going to miss the playoffs back in late December. The Wild have stormed through the Western Conference since the turn of the calendar and now hold down the top wild card spot in the West and have their sights set on climbing further up the Central ladder and challenging the top teams in the league. Minny has been ridiculous at home of late and their +19 goal differential has them in a great spot against an Avs team sitting at -9 and are now without one of their top forwards so things don't look good here in a game they need to win.