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The Minnesota Wild did it again last night at the Pepsi Center. For the third time this year, the divisional rivals beat Colorado on its home ice, shutting out the Avalanche 1-0 (via The Denver Post). The Wild have won five of six overall this season against the Avs, this time snapping Colorado’s six-game winning streak. The loss leaves the Avs in second place in the Northwest Division and ended an otherwise perfect home stand.
Mile High Hockey notes that the Avs face a busy stretch, playing 10 games in 17 days, although none of the upcoming opponents has a better record than Colorado.
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Injuries to veterans and rookies are plaguing the Avs again this winter, which could hurt the team down the stretch, Bleacher Report points out. But The Denver Post reports that several key players, including captain Adam Foote, are likely to return soon, which would actually give the team a glut of defenders.
Despite the injuries and young talent, don’t expect Colorado to make any big trades over the Olympic break, writes The Denver Post. The Avs are back at work tonight, facing off with the Stars in Dallas.