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Avalanche look for sparks on extensive road trip

Colorado (25-28-1) at Minnesota (27-22-3), 8:00 p.m. EST

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- The Colorado Avalanche did not

start their extensive road trip the way they had planned.

Looking to snap a two-game skid, the Avalanche continue their

stretch of playing 10 of 12 contests on the road when they visit

the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.

Colorado is a point ahead of St. Louis, which is stuck in last

place of the Western Conference, and the Avalanche failed to

bounce back from a 4-1 loss to the Blues on Saturday by fizzling

in a 3-0 setback to Columbus three nights later.

Meanwhile, the Wild are coming off a 3-2 shootout victory over

the Edmonton Oilers, thanks to All-Star Niklas Backstrom.

Backstrom turned aside 28 shots in regulation and stopped all

four attempts in the shootout to lift Minnesota on Sunday.

After three scoreless rounds in the bonus format, Mikko Koivu

beat Edmonton's Dwayne Roloson for the game-winning goal as the

Wild defeated the Oilers for the ninth straight time at the Xcel

Energy Center.

Minnesota has won three of four overall and is 2-1-0 in its

current stretch of playing seven of eight games at home.



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