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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche

The best start in Minnesota Wild history began with a win over Colorado. A victory over the Avalanche on Sunday would give them another club milestone.

Winners of three straight, the Wild can set a team record for victories in a month when they face the Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.

Minnesota (9-1-0) opened the season with a 3-2 win over Colorado (4-4-2) on Oct. 5, and is now off to by far the best start in the franchise's six seasons.

The Wild have a three-game winning streak against the Avalanche. Another victory in the series would give Minnesota 10 wins in a month for the first time in team history. Minnesota also won nine games in March 2003.

Mikko Koivu scored the lone goal in a shootout to give the Wild a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Western Conference.

Minnesota, which has allowed 17 goals in 10 games, held the Ducks scoreless in four power-play chances. With Manny Fernandez playing well in net, the Wild have killed off 32 straight penalties.

Fernandez stopped all three Anaheim chances in the shootout.

"I feel pretty confident if we go into a shootout, especially with Manny in the net," Wild right wing Brian Rolston said.

Fernandez, who has a 1.57 goals-against average, finished with 32 saves. He hasn't given up more than two goals in a game since allowing three in the first period against the Nashville Predators on Oct. 7, and has allowed only seven in his last six games.

Fernandez is 5-10-1 with a 3.04 GAA in 17 games versus Colorado.

Joe Sakic earned his 1,500th career point with an assist on Wednesday, but the Avalanche lost 5-3 to the Washington Capitals.

Colorado's captain achieved the mark in his 18th NHL season and is only the sixth player to do it for one franchise. The 37-year-old Sakic is the 11th player in league history to reach 1,500 points and first since Mario Lemieux on Dec. 30, 2000.

"Anytime you hit a milestone, you want to do it on a winning night. It was nice to get it out of the way, but would have been nicer with a win," said Sakic, whose team has lost three of four at home.

Sakic, who also had a goal in the third period, leads active players in career points. Only New York's Jaromir Jagr is within 100 points of reaching 1,500.

Sakic has 13 goals and 15 assists in 27 games against Minnesota.

Andrew Brunette scored two goals and Marek Svatos set a career high with three assists on Wednesday. Svatos already has eight assists after finishing with a career-best 18 last season in 61 games.

2006-2007 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 31 '07MIN 1 at COL 2P. Stastny
Mar 11 '07COL 2 at MIN 3 - OTB. Burns
Feb 22 '07MIN 4 at COL 3M. Koivu
Feb 01 '07MIN 5 at COL 3M. Gaborik
Jan 06 '07COL 2 at MIN 1 - SOM. Hejduk
Nov 18 '06COL 2 at MIN 1 - SOJ. Sakic
Oct 29 '06MIN 1 at COL 4T. Arnason
Oct 05 '06COL 2 at MIN 3 - OTT. White
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