Colorado Avalanche (6-3) at Minnesota Wild (5-4)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild +123 / Colorado Avalanche -143 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday night.
The Colorado Avalanche will try to build on a 5-1 beatdown of the Wild in their last matchup last time out. Nathan MacKinnon has 2 goals and a team-high 10 assists for his team-high 12 points while Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar each have 10 points with Makar logging 10 assists of his own and Rantanen posting a team-high 7 goals. Samuel Girard and Andre Burakovsky each have 8 points with Girard logging 7 assists and Burakovsky owning 3 goals and 5 assists. Brandon Saad and Gabriel Landeskog each have 7 points and Nazem Kadri and Joonas Donskoi each have 6 points as well for the Avs. Phillip Grubauer’s seen the bulk of the workload for Colorado, going 6-2 on the year with a 1.75 GAA.
The Minnesota Wild will try to bounce back from a frustrating loss to the Avs in their last game. Joel Greenway leads the Wild in scoring with 8 points with 7 assists while Joel Eriksson Ek and Kirill Kaprizov each have 7 points with Eriksson Ek posting 5 goals and Kaprizov logging 5 assists. Ryan Suter and Jonas Brodin each have 5 points with Suter logging 5 assists while Brodin has a goal and 4 helpers. Zach Parise and Matt Dumba each have 4 points for Minnesota as well this season. Kaapo Kahkonen’s made 6 starts with a 3-3 record and 2.86 GAA for the Wild while Cam Talbot’s gone 2-1 with a 2.34 GAA.
Colorado is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 17-6 in their last 23 road games while the over is 9-1 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. Minnesota is 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 games as a home underdog while the under is 18-7-1 in their last 26 Sunday games. The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I get the allure of the Wild as a home dog, but the problem is that I still think the Wild are just an average team that snuck into the playoffs last year and didn’t really improve in the offseason. There’s really nothing that wows me about this Minnesota team if I’m being 100% honest. Colorado hasn’t played like a team that’s expected to be a cup contender through their first few games but I think sooner rather than later we’ll start seeing the statement performances from the Avs and I think it starts here. I’ll lay the juice with Colorado on the road in this spot.