Opening their first Stanley Cup Playoff series in four years, the Colorado Avalanche will host the Minnesota Wild Thursday evening at the Pepsi Center.
Colorado Avalanche players get ready to start their Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Wild with a skate Thursday morning, a few hours before the game. (Arran Andersen, 7NEWS)
Avs players practice during a morning skate Thursday in the Pepsi Center. (Jeff Howe, 7NEWS)
Gabe Landeskog sporting playoff stubble during a morning skate. (Arran Andersen, 7NEWS)
"We have a lot of respect for the Wild," Coach Patrick Roy said during a press conference Thursday morning. "It's gonna be a tough series." (Jeff Howe, 7NEWS)
The Minnesota Wild practice during their morning skate at the Pepsi Center. (Arran Andersen, 7NEWS)