Fresh off winning their fourth consecutive game, the first time since January of 2016 they've accomplished that, the Colorado Avalanche returned to practice on Friday in preparation for their Saturday night matchup against the hated Minnesota Wild.
Now sitting at 45 points after their 21st win of the season, Colorado suddenly finds themselves in the thick of the playoff race. They enter the weekend just two points behind Minnesota for the eight and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Naturally, Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog was more interested in downplaying the importance of one game, taking the familiar one-day-at-a-time approach.
"I think every game is big," Landeskog said with a wry smile. "I'm sure you guys are expecting that answer from me but it's true. I think every game is big. Obviously, Minnesota is Minnesota. Other than that, it's 'Hedgy' night, we want to make sure that it's a good night for everyone at Pepsi Center and that's with a win."