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Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild - 4/6/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Wild (47-25-8) at Colorado Avalanche (22-54-3)
Date & Time Thursday April 6, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +158 / Minnesota Wild -175 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Minnesota Wild look to snap out of their ugly road losing streak as they head into Denver to take on the Colorado Avalanche.

The Minnesota Wild look to get back in the win column and head into the playoffs on a high note as they have dropped 10 of their last 14 games and haven’t quite fit the bill of a playoff contender in their last three weeks of action. Minny has gone from leading the Central division and being a threat to win the President’s Trophy to slipping into second place and barely clinging on to home ice in the first round as they are certainly backing into the postseason and could very well be a one and done team after such a promising regular season. Minnesota doesn’t have a ton of superstar talent but are very well balanced up top and have some great pieces on the blue line but their saving grace has been Devan Dubnyk who was a shoe in to win the Vezina a month ago but should still find himself in the discussion as the league’s top goaltender.

The Avs meanwhile have had one of the worst seasons in recent memory and will have to go back to the drawing board in the offseason as they were expected to be in the mix for a playoff spot instead of landing the league’s worst record. Colorado was expected to send one of their big name forwards out the door at the trade deadline but both Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog remain with the team and while their future remains uncertain they are still very serviceable talents and should be considered building blocks for this franchise in the coming years.

The Wild are 1-4 in their last five against the Central and 3-11 in their last 14 on one day’s rest while the Avs are 3-14 in their last 17 Thursday games and 2-11 in their last 13 home games against a team with a winning road record. Minny needs a big win here and while the odds aren’t great they should have no trouble getting it done in regulation.

Minnesota Wild -0.5
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