The Avs and Wild faceoff in a little under an hour and there are four big notes:
Peter Budaj will get the start over Jose Theodore in net.
One has to wondering why Quenville isn't rewarding Theodore after he played so well in the last game. The last thing Colorado needs is Quenville playing mind tricks with its goalies.
Niklas Backstrom, who is the in the Top 10 for for wins and GAA this season, will miss today's game. 23-year-old Josh Harding will get the start in goal.
Both goalies are solid, but Colorado would much rather face Harding, who has only gotten into two games this season. However, he is 2-0 in those games with one of those wins coming in a shutout. In his lone start against the Avalanche, the Wild lost and Harding made 30 saves on 32 shots.
Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra are both scratches for the Wild. These are two of the biggests Avs killers out there. Offense might be a little harder to come by for the Wild.
Colorado Scratches: Milan Hejduk, Jordan Leopold, Karlis Skrastins, Brad Richardson