The Avs were without five regular skaters, including Nathan MacKinnon, in their third straight game against the Minnesota Wild. Missing arguably the best player in the world means having to find a new way to win games. With a gritty 2-1 win on Tuesday night, the Avs ensure they will get the best of the four-game series against Minnesota regardless…

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A.J. Haefele was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Colorado Avalanche beat reporter for DNVR. AJ helped launch the network back in 2015 and has filled roles as a team leader and Editor-In- Chief, along with co-hosting the DNVR draft podcasts along with his other duties. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Avalanche podcast.