The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Mike Cham­bers, The Den­ver Post

6 p.m. Tues­day, ALT2; 950 AM

Spot­light on Eric Staal: The for­mer peren­nial all-star has re­vi­tal­ized his NHL ca­reer with Min­nesota and was named the league’s third star last week. Staal, 32, leads the Wild in scor­ing and is tied with a team-high 10 goals, match­ing what he amassed in 63 games with Carolina last sea­son. Staal had only had three goals and six points in 20 games for the New York Rangers af­ter be­ing moved at the trade dead­line last sea­son. He signed a three-year, $10.5 mil­lion free-agent contract with Min­nesota in July and has pros­pered as the team’s No. 1 cen­ter.


Avalanche: The Avs flew to Min­nesota af­ter Sun­day’s 4-1 loss to Win­nipeg in or­der to prac­tice Mon­day in the Twin Cities. … Colorado has an NHL-low 23 points and the league’s worst goal mar­gin (mi­nus-32). The Avs are on a three­game los­ing streak and are 2-8 in their last 10 games. … Colorado is 7-8 on the road. Wild: Rid­ing a seven-game win­ning streak, Min­nesota has outscored its last three op­po­nents 14-4. The Wild hasn’t lost in reg­u­la­tion since Nov. 29 and is on a eight-game un­beaten streak. … Min­nesota is a Western Con­fer­ence-high plus-29 in goal mar­gin. … For­ward Pat Can­none, 30, is sched­uled to make his NHL de­but against the Avs. A ca­reer mi­nor-lea­guer, Can­none had a hat trick in the Amer­i­can Hockey League’s All-Star Game last sea­son and was named MVP.

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