Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild - 11/5/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (6-3-1) at Colorado Avalanche (4-5-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -105 / Minnesota Wild -118 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, ALT
The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche meet Saturday afternoon in a NHL showdown at the Pepsi Center.
The Minnesota Wild look to keep the puck rolling as they hope to build on a 6-3-1 start to the NHL season. The Wild are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with four goals, Ryan Suter has seven assists and Charlie Coyle has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 96.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 12 goals on 231 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed eight goals on 62 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed a combined two goals in their last four games.
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The Colorado Avalanche could use a feel good victory after losing four of their last five games. The Avalanche are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with five goals, Gabriel Landeskog has three assists and Joe Colborne has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 23 goals on 211 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has allowed five goals on 57 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed a combined 11 goals in their last three games.
The Wild are 1-10 in their last 11 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 3-7 in their last 10 road games. The Avalanche are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-7 in their last 8 home games. The Wild are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Colorado and 10-2 in the last 12 meetings overall.
The Minnesota Wild are playing terrific hockey at the moment and have been great on the defensive end the most, pitching three shutouts in their last four games. The Avalanche are struggling at the moment and have been even worse at home. I'll take the hotter team on the road here for the cheap price.