MAR 4, 2012; St. Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Matt Hackett (31) gives up a rebound to Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog (92) in the first period at Xcel Energy Center. The Avalanche defeated the Wld 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE
The Minnesota Wild are running out of time to make a playoff push. They could certainly help the cause with a win Tuesday at Colorado.
The Wild have gone winless in four straight and have slipped to 13th in the Western Conference. Those certainly don't seem like the credentials for a playoff contender, but even with the skid Minnesota is a mere seven points behind the eighth-place San Jose Sharks.
Colorado's playoff fate is a little less precarious, but it's certainly no sure thing. The Avs are currently in 10th place in the West, one point behind No. 8 San Jose and three points behind No. 7 Phoenix.
Minnesota leads the season series 3-2, but Colorado won the last outing, a 2-0 shutout on Sunday. Shutouts have become something of a trend for the Wild: They have been blanked in three of the last four.
Injuries certainly haven't helped the cause. The Wild are without captain Mikko Koivu, who is out with a shoulder injury, as well as forwards Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Guillaume Latendresse, both sidelined with concussions. Goalie Niklas Backstrom, who is nursing a strained groin, is also on the shelf
Tuesday's game starts at 9 ET and will be on NBC Sports Network.