The Minnesota Wild begin the postseason tonight against the Colorado Avalanche. Eleven years ago, the Wild upset Patrick Roy, then the goaltender for the Avs, and sent him into retirement. Now Roy is the head coach at Colorado and has his young squad playing exceptional hockey. The Avs grabbed the number two seed in the Western Conference led by Matt Duchene's 70 points. Duchene will miss the series with the Wild with a knee injury.
The Avalanche won four of five games against Minnesota, but the two teams have not met since the end of January.
Key for Wild:
Take advantage of Colorado's aggression- Roy has made no secrets about the fact he will play wide open and trade chances with the Wild. If Minnesota stays with what they do well and takes advantage of the Avs mistakes.
When we last saw Roy in the playoffs:
Andrew Brunette sent him into retirement in overtime of Game 7 of the 2003 playoffs.
"As a player, you are a difference maker, you're on the ice, you have a direct impact. As a coach, you have to watch. You have to be mentally sharp. You have to adjust if you see something happening, you can help the players adjust whatever they are going to throw at you." – Patrick Roy, Colorado Head Coach
Regular Season versus Colorado:
November 29- Colorado 3 Wild 1
November 30- Colorado 3 Wild 2 (Shootout)
December 14- Wild 2 Colorado 1 (Shootout)
January 11- Colorado 4 Wild 2
January 30- Colorado 5 Wild 4
Ilya Bryzgalov gets the start in goal for the Wild