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Saturday, November 30th (All times Eastern)

Minnesota Wild (15-8-4) at Colorado Avalanche (18-6-0), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - There is still plenty of hockey to be played, but picking up two points over a division rival is good any time during the season.

The Colorado Avalanche take aim at a home-and-home sweep over the fellow Central Division resident Minnesota Wild on Saturday night in Denver.

The Avs and Wild met for the first time this season on Friday night, with Colorado picking up a 3-1 victory in Minnesota. Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and assisted on the other two, while Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 27 saves.

Giguere turned aside all 16 shots he faced in the third period and became the first goaltender in Colorado team history to begin a season 6-0-0.

Nathan MacKinnon added a goal and an assist for the Avs, who have won four of their last five following a three-game slide. They sit third overall in the division, three points back of St. Louis and two up on Minnesota.

"I thought that was a good challenge for our team," Colorado head coach Patrick Roy said. "Our division is strong. There are good tests for everybody."

Dany Heatley scored the lone Minnesota marker, while Josh Harding allowed two goals on 20 shots as the Wild dropped their third straight game. They have been outscored 9-2 over that span.

"We've lost three games in a row," Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said. "We all have to recognize that and be better."

Yeo and his team certainly recognized the toughness of forward Zach Parise, who returned from a one-game absence stemming from a foot injury suffered on Monday versus St. Louis. It was originally announced he was expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks with the ailment.

However, Parise's return could not extend Minnesota's series winning streak over Colorado to four straight.

The Wild have won six of seven and nine of their last 11 in Denver.

Semyon Varlamov will start tonight for the Avs and is 4-4-0 with a 2.11 goals against average in his career versus the Wild.

Niklas Backstrom, the likely starter for Minnesota, is 24-5-3 with a 2.22 GAA and four shutouts lifetime against Colorado.

11/30 10:37:54 ET

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ND 77
DUKE 73
Final
SAN 95
CHA 86
Final
NCSU 57
CLEM 68
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MEM 70
ECU 58
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PHI 89
DET 69
Final
CLE 99
POR 94
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TOR 119
SAC 102
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MIN 110
BOS 98
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ATL 113
BRK 102
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HOU 99
DAL 94
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NOP 85
DEN 93
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NYK 100
OKC 92
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SAN 95
CHA 86
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UTA 89
LAC 94
 
2nd
PHO 49
WAS 33
 
Final
VERM 44
GTDNS 47
 
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NAVY 64
AMER 54
 
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UMBC 56
BING 68
 
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JMU 88
DEL 82
 
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RICH 86
DUQ 55
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UNCW 82
ELON 65
 
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USB 72
HART 66
 
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WMARY 100
HOF 79
 
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COL 54
LAF 59
 
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PSU 63
MINN 58
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MAINE 58
UNH 63
 
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DREX 65
NE 60
 
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FORD 63
RIU 64
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SFLA 52
SMU 63
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MARQ 70
SHU 80
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LSU 64
SCAR 58
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UCF 62
TEMPL 86
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LONG 64
UNCA 74
 
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FSU 82
WAKE 76
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CCAR 68
WINT 75
 
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OU 84
WRST 76
 
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ND 77
DUKE 73
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GHND 0
HC 0
 
Final
CSOU 77
RAD 84
 
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OKLA 81
TTU 36
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BRAD 57
DRAK 69
 
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BUCK 68
LEH 62
 
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WICHS 58
LOYC 47
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ILLST 67
MIZST 57
 
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PEAY 69
MORE 82
 
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SDKST 86
NEOM 64
 
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ARST 73
ORST 55
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HOU 59
RICE 48
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SILL 52
NIOWA 59
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NCSU 57
CLEM 68
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MEM 70
ECU 58
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MIAMI 50
GT 70
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PURD 83
IND 67
 
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TCU 61
KU 64
 
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BC 72
LOU 81
 
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MISS 79
MSST 73
 
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CREI 77
STJ 74
 
2nd
SJST 35
AFA 44
 
2nd
ARZ 56
OREG 46
 
1st
WASH 8
STAN 16
 
Final
NJD 2
TOR 1
Final
WAS 4
PIT 0