Minnesota Wild (6-5) at Colorado Avalanche (7-3-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -175 / Minnesota Wild +145 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche meet Thursday in NHL action at the Ball Arena.
The Minnesota Wild look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 7.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Joel Eriksson Ek leads Minnesota with five goals, Jordan Greenway has eight assists and Zach Parise has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 86.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed 13 goals on 162 shots faced and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 16 goals on 165 shots.
The Colorado Avalanche look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 26.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with seven goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 12 assists and Nazem Kadri has 33 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 89.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 15 goals on 229 shots faced and Hunter Miska has allowed seven goals on 59 shots.
The Wild are 11-4 in their last 15 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games. The Avalanche are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The over is 7-3 in Avalanche last 10 home games. The under is 4-1 in Avalanche last 5 Thursday games. The Wild are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Colorado. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings in Colorado.
The Colorado Avalanche have been far and away the more consistent team this season, and they've already beaten the Wild twice this year. In three meetings against the Wild over the last week, the Avalanche handled them defensively and their only loss went to overtime. Past meetings between these clubs have been tight, but I'll lay the PL with the Avalanche to shave down an expensive ML price.