It used to be that the Colorado Avalanche had something of an inferiority complex, or so it seemed, playing the Minnesota Wild. The Avs, after all, have lost twice to the Wild in seven-game playoff series (2003 and 2014), both on home ice. If a playoff series were held today between the Avs and Wild, Minnesota would hold home-ice advantage.

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Adrian Dater has been covering the Avs since their inception. In 2015, he became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where he worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver.