DENVER — The season is on the line and a sellout crowd is expected Wednesday night for Game 7 between the Avalanche and Minnesota Wild in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series at Pepsi Center.
Avalanche jerseys hang above Larimer Square representing players such as Nathan MacKinnon and Paul Stastny, who have played big-time minutes and have proven to be clutch.
Wednesday night, they play in the biggest game of their pro careers and it’s their younger fans on the ice who might give them additional inspiration.
Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said the fans will be the difference-maker Wednesday night.
“It’s about battle,” Roy said. “The one-on-one battles, moving our feet, being involved in the play.
Very few of the Avalanche players have played in a Game 7. Roy played in 13 in his Hall of Fame career, going 6-7, losing his last Game 7 as a player – against the Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center.
Game 7 is at 7:30 p.m.
The winner of the series will advance to play the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
AVALANCHE VS. WILD
Best-of-seven; Avalanche leads 3-2
April 17: Avalanche 5-4, OT
April 19: Avalanche 4-2
April 21: Minnesota 1-0, OT
April 24: Minnesota 2-1
April 26: Avalanche 4-3, OT
April 28: Minnesota 5-2
April 30: at Pepsi Center, 7:30 p.m.