Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/5/21

Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/5/21 Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche (25-8-4) at Minnesota Wild (23-11-2)

NHL Hockey: Monday, April 5, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild +149 / Colorado Avalanche -165 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild meet Monday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Colorado Avalanche look for a win after winning 12 of their last 14 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with 21 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 30 assists and Nazem Kadri has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 87.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 54 goals on 760 shots faced and Hunter Miska has allowed 18 goals on 111 shots.

The Minnesota Wild look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 10.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota with 14 goals, Jordan Greenway has 18 assists and Kevin Fiala has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 85.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed 42 goals on 584 shots faced and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 41 goals on 513 shots.

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The Avalanche are 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 16-5 in their last 21 games as a favorite. The Wild are 9-3 in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The over is 8-3 in Avalanche last 11 overall. The under is 5-2 in Wild last 7 overall. The Avalanche are 6-13 in the last 19 meetings in Minnesota and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The Colorado Avalanche are going to be favored for obvious reasons, as they've been the most consistent team in the league have an offense that's showing no signs of cooling off. However, the Minnesota Wild have played solid hockey in their own right, which includes wins in five of their last seven games and wins in 13 of their last 16 home games. The value is with the Wild and the plus money here. I'll take a stab with the Wild.

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Wild +149

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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