12:43 PM EDT, Thu October 30, 2014

Matt Cooke: I always have my head on a swivel; Stu Bickel may debut

The Wild and Avs rematch tonight at 8 p.m. in Denver

Wild's Matt Cooke says he can feel the change in his game

Matt Cooke spent part of the summer studying game film, something the Wild forward has done since reforming his game in the wake of multiple NHL suspensions.

Colorado Avalanche moving on from Matt Cooke's playoff suspension

Thursday's season-opener with the Colorado Avalanche sparked plenty of talk in both locker rooms about a budding rivalry between the Wild and Avs, stemming largely from their thrilling seven game playoff series last spring. But in the Avalanche locker room, it also brought up talk of Matt Cooke's knee-to-knee hit on Tyson Barrie in Game 3 of that series, which drew Cooke his first suspension (seven games) in two years and ended Barrie's postseason. Barrie is back with the Avs and skated with teammates in St. Paul leading to Thursday night's opener. "That was, mentally, probably the toughest...

Minnesota's Mike Yeo and Matt Cooke discuss Tyson Barrie, Avalanche opener Thursday in St. Paul

Minnesota coach Mike Yeo and forward Matt Cooke prepare for angry Avalanche team in Thursday's season opener.

Tyson Barrie talks about Matt Cooke and returning to Minnesota, where season ended

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie talked about returning to Minnesota, where his season ended in April after a brutal hit from Matt Cooke.

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