Minnesota Wild (18-8-1) at Colorado Avalanche (17-8-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -150 / Minnesota Wild +125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche meet Thursday in NHL action at the Ball Arena.
The Minnesota Wild look to build on their five game winning streak. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 8.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Joel Eriksson Ek leads Minnesota with 11 goals, Jordan Greenway has 15 assists and Kevin Fiala has 77 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 86.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed 28 goals on 333 shots faced and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 32 goals on 439 shots.
The Colorado Avalanche look for a win after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 3.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with 14 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 17 assists and Nazem Kadri has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 87.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 42 goals on 557 shots faced and Hunter Miska has allowed 18 goals on 111 shots.
The Wild are 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games and 5-0 in their last 5 overall. The Avalanche are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The over is 5-2 in Wild last 7 games as a road underdog. The under is 4-1 in Wild last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Avalanche last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Avalanche last 5 home games. The over is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings in Colorado.
The Colorado Avalanche are the better team on paper and have played the better hockey over the course of the season, but we're getting plus money with a Wild team that's playing red hot hockey in their own right. These teams have also split the first four meetings this season, with the Wild winning the last contest, 6-2. I'll take a shot with the Wild and the plus money.