ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – One way or another Monday night will be an elimination game for either the Colorado Avalanche or the Minnesota Wild.
That magnifies the importance of Saturday night's game at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
"We know that we have to win one in (the Pepsi Center) if we want to win the series, so hopefully it will be (Saturday)," said Wild forward Zach Parise.
Confidence should be high after two straight, dominating wins at home.
"We've improved in a lot of areas since Game 1," said Parise. "We've gotten a lot better … I know it's only been a few games, but I think we're a different team than we were in Game 1."
The Wild are hoping to buck a conference-wide trend. Western Conference home teams are 16-2 in the playoffs.
"It's obviously a different game when you play on the road instead of home," said Wild forward Mikko Koivu. "But we need to bring that urgency and the effort we had at home and try to bring it to Colorado as well."
The Wild is hoping that other trends will carry over. The Wild held Colorado's MacKinnon-Statsny-Landeskog line scoreless at the Xcel Energy Center. And overall they held a 78-34 shots on goal advantage over the last two games.
Saturday night's game starts at 8:30 p.m. It will air locally on Fox Sports North. Join KARE 11 for a special live chat with our sister station in Denver.