Wild vs. Avalanche - 3/1/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (32-28-4) at Minnesota Wild (28-25-10)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -140 / Colorado Avalanche +127 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT, FSN
The Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild play Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Colorado Avalanche look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 26 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 27 assists and Jarome Iginla has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 110 goals on 1,276 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has given up 30 goals on 363 shots. Varlamov has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
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The Minnesota Wild need a victory after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power plays. Charlie Coyle leads Minnesota with 19 goals, Thomas Vanek has 20 assists, Mikko Koivu has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 76.9 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 113 goals on 1,373 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 35 goals on 428 shots. Dubnyk has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Avalanche are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 0-4 in their last 4 Tuesday games. The Wild are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 2-9 in their last 11 home games. The Avalanche are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota and 2-8 in the last 10 meetings overall.
I'm not going to pay juice with a team that's lost 10 of its last 15 games and nine of its last 11 home games. The Colorado Avalanche are playing better hockey than the Wild right now and are worth the plus money in this spot.