Wild vs. Avalanche: Preview and Prediction for NHL Playoffs 2014 Matchup

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Wild vs. Avalanche: Preview and Prediction for NHL Playoffs 2014 Matchup
Jim Mone

This series is a showdown between the two teams who earned the most points in close games. On the flip side, they are also the two worst possession playoff teams in the Western Conference, the only two such teams to be outshot in the regular season.

Minnesota has some amazing superstars like Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville, but has been hampered by injuries all year.

Colorado is young and fast with incredible goaltending and coaching, but is lacking in experience and missing its top scorer Matt Duchene.

Does Colorado have an edge, and is it as large as the 14-point regular-season gap and/or 29-goal goal differential suggests? Turn over to find out.

 

All advanced statistics are via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted.

 

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