Series (Game 4 of 6)

Colorado leads 3-2

Game 1: Thursday, October 16th
Game 2: Tuesday, November 4th
Game 3: Wednesday, December 17th
Game 4: Sunday, January 4th
Game 5: Sunday, February 22nd
Game 6: Wednesday, March 31st

Wild 1

(14-16-0, 38 pts)

Avalanche 3

(20-10-1, 48 pts)

9:00 PM ET, January 4, 2004

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
MIN 1 0 01
COL 0 2 13

A. Foote (Avalanche - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

P. Sauve (Avalanche - G): Saves: 25, Save Pct.: .962

P. Dupuis (Wild - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Minnesota (14-15-10-0) at Colorado (19-10-7-1) 9:00 pm EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- Peter Forsberg looks to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a third straight victory Sunday night as they host the Minnesota Wild.

Forsberg missed 19 straight games due to a groin injury but returned in Colorado's 3-2 overtime win over Philadelphia on December 27. Colorado is 3-1-0 since his return and the Avalanche are 10-5-0 when he takes the ice.

Forsberg has four assists since coming back, but has not scored since October 25 at Nashville. He contributed three assists in Friday's 4-2 victory at Vancouver. With Colorado trailing, 1-0, he used his trademark flair to set up power-play goals by defenseman Rob Blake and Milan Hejduk and an even-strength tally by Alex Tanguay over the final two minutes.

Forsberg, who logged over 19 minutes for the third straight game, felt his play could use some improvement.

"Well, I'm still not too happy with my play," Forsberg said. "I kind of struggled tonight, but I did get some points. I knew it would take a couple games to get back into it. There's still a ways to go but I'm feeling better about it, at least."

"We'll take him at OK any day if that's his OK," Blake said. "But you can see he's getting it back. He's been sitting out a long time and he does so many things out there. ... With him in the lineup, he creates chances either for himself or for other people six or seven times in a game."

However, Avalanche center Joe Sakic is listed as day-to-day after suffering a fractured jaw in Wednesday's game against Calgary. After undergoing surgery Saturday, Sakic will miss Sunday's contest, but could play in Tuesday against Columbus.

Minnesota is back under the .500 mark and is winless in its last five games (0-1-4). The Wild have scored just 10 goals during their third five-game slide of the season.

The Wild had a team-record nine-game unbeaten streak snapped with Friday's 2-1 home loss to Edmonton. In their first loss since December 11 vs. Toronto, Minnesota was held to two goals or less for the fourth straight game as Matt Johnson scored with under four minutes to play in the second period.

Colorado is 12-2-2-1 all time vs. the Wild. On December 17, the Wild ended a nine-game regular season winless streak at the Pepsi Center with a 3-2 win as Sergei Zholtok scored the go-ahead goal and Dwayne Roloson made 27 saves.