A quick glace at the standings tells you how important tonight’s Avalanche-Wild game in Minnesota will be.
The Wild come into Tuesday’s play just two points back of Colorado for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. The Wild have had the better of the season series, collecting five of a possible six points, but the teams still have two more games against one another this year — and, unsurprisingly, both will roll with their No. 1 netminders at Xcel this evening.
Seymon Varlamov comes into the game looking to erase memories of his previous one — a 5-3 loss to Detroit in Saturday’s outdoor game in Denver. Varlamov allowed four goals on 27 shots to suffer his second straight defeat.
Devan Dubnyk, meanwhile, will look to carry over his effort from his last game.
Dubnyk allowed just one goal on 18 shots in a win over Florida, to cap off what was an otherwise mediocre February. The former Vezina finalist went 4-6-0 with a 2.90 GAA and .900 save percentage last month though, like the rest of his Wild teammates, seemed to respond to the coaching change from Mike Yeo to John Torchetti.
— No confirmations from Dallas and Nashville for their game at Bridgestone. Pekka Rinne appears likely, however.