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DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche struggled on the road. In the Avs last two playoff games in Minnesota, they were only able to score 1 goal. They were only able to muster 34 shots on Darcy Kuemper in the two games and in game 4 on Thursday night, Colorado only had 12 shots. A team once in control is now even with the Wild at two games apiece in this best of seven series.
The good news for the Avalanche? They are back home Saturday night where they took care of business in games 1 and 2. They are now facing their biggest challenge and head coach Patrick Roy made it clear. "We're right there with them,” Roy said. “Now it's time, sorry about the words, to put our balls on the table."
Colorful words, but after two poor performances by the offense, Colorado needs to win. The Avs have really only played one solid game this series. They were outplayed in game 1, but got a miracle goal with seconds left to send it to overtime where they won.
This is also a team that is struggling on the power play. The Avs are just 1-for-15 this series.
Colorado is missing leading scorer Matt Duchene and key players Tyson Barrie and John Mitchell because of injury. Duchene is working out on the ice and Roy ruled the center out for game 5, but did not rule him out for game 6 in St. Paul.