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The Wild will face a new foe on Thursday night when they visit the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 of the first round.
The Wild (16-8-6) are on a five-game losing streak, their longest since 2011.
The Ducks (15-12-4) are coming off a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf missed Saturday’s game due to a strained groin and will miss the Ducks game Thursday.
Defenseman Andrew Cogliano is also on the injury report, but he did not play in the win against Minnesota.
Getzlak has scored a goal and an assist in his past three games.
Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg scored a power-play goal in a 3,000-foot game against Minnesota last week.
He had seven shots on goal.
Ducks center Ryan Kesler has missed seven games with a knee injury.
He has not been cleared to play yet.
Ryan Getzls forward line was a disaster for the Ducks in last year’s playoffs.
The trio combined for six goals in the first three games of the series.
Getzlaf, Kesler and Niklas Hansson all had three goals and eight points in those three games against the Wild.
The third line was also a disaster in that series.
Niklas Sedin, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Kesling all had two goals and two assists in those games.
The line has not produced a point since the fourth game of the postseason.
Getzin’s return could come after Game 2.
The team has been trying to bring him back after missing three weeks with a foot injury.
Getzy is expected to be available for Game 3.
The series will be the first of four meetings between the teams in this series.
The Avalanche (13-14-4), Ducks (14-13-4 and 13-12) and Wild (12-15-5) have been playing each other in the series for the past three seasons.
The Avs won Game 1 by a score of 3-1 in regulation, while the Ducks won Game 2 by a 2-1 score.
The winner will host the Ducks at the Pepsi Center for Game 4 on Thursday.
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