Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild 7/29/20: NHL Hockey free preview, analysis, prediction, odds and pick against the spread.
2020-07-29 14:30:00 EDT
The Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild meet Wednesday in NHL exhibition action.
The Colorado Avalanche entered the NHL break winning nine of their last 12 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 35 goals, Cale Makar has 38 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 145 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 90 goals on 1,067 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed 77 goals on 996 shots.
The Minnesota Wild entered the NHL break winning eight of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 25 goals, Ryan Suter has 40 assists and Eric Staal has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 93 goals on 849 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 97 goals on 1,082 shots.
The Avalanche are 5-12 in the last 17 meetings in Minnesota. The under is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota and 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
This has a chance to be one of the better scrimmages of the three day exhibition games, as both of these teams were playing red hot hockey before the unexpected break. The Colorado Avalanche have won six of the last 10 meetings against the Wild, which includes a 3-2 home win when they met back in February, but the over seems like a solid bet in this contest. I expect the offense to have an advantage as teams work their way back to form and take the ice for the first time in months. We’ve also seen nine of the last 10 meetings between the Avalanche and Wild produce no less than five goals. The last four meetings are averaging 6.5 goals.
Give me the over the projected total in this game.