Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche NHL playoffs game will begin at 6:30 p.m. PST/9:30 p.m. ET on April 17, 2014. The Wild will be visiting the Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Information on how to watch the Wild vs. Avalanche game on live stream can be found below.
Going into the playoff series, the Avalanche won four of five games against the Wild, and Minnesota's win was a 2-1 shootout victory in December. Minnesota got the wild card, which enabled them to continue in contention for the Stanley Cup 2014, but how far will they last when going against stronger and more skillful teams?
The Wild have forwards Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu play their top line; Mikael Granlund is said to be returning from an upper-body injury to play in the second line in between veteran forwards Matt Moulson and Jason Pominville.
This year, the Avalanche won the Central division, which is a drastic turnaround from last year's stats of fewest points in the Western Conference. The biggest reason for this turnaround, according to Dan Myers of NHL.com, is goaltender Semyon Varlamov, whose 41 wins established a single-season record, besting by the record set by coach Patrick Roy in 2000-01. That year, Colorado won its second Stanley Cup.
The hottest player on Wild entering the playoffs is Pominville, who had three-point games in two of the team's last three of the season. He now has 30 goals. Meanwhile, the Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly scored at least one point in the last five games, and has put in three goals in five games against Wild.
The Wild vs. Avalanche game will be available on TV/Broadband/Mobile through NHL GameCenter Live, a subscription service offering streaming video of live out-of-market, regular season games, and on-demand replays.
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Wild vs. Avalanche game will be televised nationally on NBC Sports and CBC, and locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago (CSNC) and Fox Sports Midwest (FSMW).