Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 23, 2019, 9:30 PM (EST)|
Colorado Avalanche -125 / Minnesota Wild +105 -- Over/Under: 6
The Minnesota Wild and the Colorado Avalanche meet in NHL action from the Pepsi Center on Wednesday night.
The Minnesota Wild will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 4-2 win over Vegas in their last outing. Vegas opened the scoring early in the 1st period and carried that lead into the opening intermission before Minny tied the game and took the lead 1:13 apart thanks to goals from Marcus Foligno and Eric Staal. Vegas tied the game just 2:14 later, giving us a 2-2 tie heading into the final 20 minutes of play. Charlie Coyle gave the Wild the lead late in the 3rd before Mikko Koivu iced the win with an empty-netter with :13 to go in the game, giving Minny the win. Devan Dubnyk got the win to improve to 19-16-3 this season after stopping 30 of 32 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Colorado Avalanche will be out to bounce back after a 4-1 loss to Nashville in their last outing. The game was a scoreless tie through the opening 20 minutes before Nashville jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of goals 1:34 apart. Alex Kerfoot got the Avs on the board late in the 2nd but the two-goal deficit was restored just 1:15 later and the Predators would seal the deal with an empty net goal late in the final frame to send the Avalanche back empty-handed with no points to show for their hard work. Semyon Varlamov took the loss, falling to 13-12-5 after allowing 3 goals on 26 shots faced in the losing effort.
Minnesota is 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games overall. Colorado is 3-11 in their last 14 games overall and 2-5 in their last 7 home games while the under is 12-4 in their last 16 games against the Central division. Minnesota is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Colorado.
I can definitely understand why the Avs would be favored here, as you tend to do your best work on home ice and Minnesota has struggled in this matchup, both overall and on the road. However, the Wild have been playing the better hockey of the two teams as of late and should be able to pick up another win here, so I’ll take a shot with the Wild and the plus money here.