Watch Avalanche vs Wild game three tonight at 7 PM Eastern Standard Time. That’s a 6 PM start time for fans in Minnesota and 5PM for fans in Colorado for tonight’s Wild vs Avalanche game three.
So far, the Avalanche have shown why they are the Central Division champs, owning their home ice and taking the first two games of the opening series of the 2014 NHL playoffs over the wildcard Minnesota Wild. The Avalanche have been solid all year – and dominant at times – under first year head coach and former Avs goaltender Patrick Roy.
All that leaves the wildcard Minnesota Wild trying to climb out of the ditch as they fight for their playoff lives. An 0-2 deficit is always tough to overcome in a best-of-seven series, but it has been done before. The best news for the Wild is that they are able to leave Denver in the rearview mirror – at least for the time being. The next two games will be played on the Minnesota Wild’s home ice, in front of friendly fans. Of course, to win the best of seven Wild vs Avalanche series, the Wild will still need to find a way to win at least one game on the road.
The Wild have a number of questions to answer – starting with who will be between the pipes when the puck hits the ice for period one tonight. Ilya Bryzgalov was brilliant this season and played a major part in the Wild’s dash to make the wildcard spot. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been stellar so far in the playoffs. The Wild pulled him in game two in favor of Darcy Kuemper. Kuemper started the season as the staring net minder and gave the Wild stellar play, but an injury sidelined him for much of the season. Bryzgalov also brings prior playoff experience to the table. Kuemper, in his second year, saw his first playoff experience in game two of the Wild vs Avalanche series, coming in to back up Brygalov. On the other hand, Kuemper was perfect, blocking every one of the 14 shots he faced in the Wild’s 4-2 loss.
According to an AP report, Minnesota’s Coach Yeo was vague when asked which goaltender will start tonight, saying of Bryzgalov’s performance:
“He made some big saves in the game. I don’t think we should forget about that. We weren’t playing our game in front of him. And this is a guy who’s played a lot of good hockey for us.”
If the Wild want to continue in the playoffs, they’re going to need to find a way to stop Paul Stastney and the up and coming Colorado Avalanche. Will they be able to do it in tonight’s Wild vs Avalanche game three? Watch all of the Avalanche vs Wild action online live here to see.
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