Wild vs Avalanche: Free Picks, Odds & Predictions

NHL Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche
Minnesota vs. Colorado, Xcel Energy Center

This game will feature two of the hottest goal scorers in the league in Minnesota’s Joel Eriksson Ek and Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen. The Avalanche are still awaiting Erik Johnson back on the blue line, but it hasn’t mattered yet as they have scored in bunches this season and took advantage of their power play chances. That is something Minnesota has not done at all this season, which might be why it has struggled to pick up early momentum.

Free Picks

Cale Makar has been every bit the player Colorado expected him to be after winning the Calder Trophy last season as the NHL rookie of the year. The defenseman has nine assists in eight games so far, so he’s always been around the offense for Colorado this season. The problem teams are going to face is if you play Makar to pass the puck too much, he is not afraid to fire one on goal and score. As Makar continues to make plays by being selfless, teams are going to have to respect the passing lanes more, which only opens the for Makar to score at +325 odds from the hockey betting sites in New Jersey.

CALE MAKAR SCORES GOAL

When you have two of the top-10 goal-scoring teams in the league, it makes sense to see a lot of goals in this game. But both teams have played some tight games recently as three of Colorado’s last four games have featured five goals or fewer and four of the last six have for Minnesota. This is certainly a gamble at +175 odds, but there wasn’t a lot of great value without going for seven goals or more, something both teams have struggled to do this season. Given these are the best odds I could get at the New Jersey online sports betting sites, the stats make it seem like a solid enough risk in my book.

UNDER 5 TOTAL GOALS

Colorado is such a big favorite in this game, you need to either hope the Avalanche can win by three goals or find the right sportsbook to get positive odds on them winning. Fortunately, one of the NHL betting sites in New Jersey is offering +110 odds on the Avalanche to win in regulation. Colorado is a team that you know what you’re going to get that night in the first period. When they are on, it can be an impressive sight but when it goes sideways, it can get ugly in a hurry. The Avalanche haven’t been pushed the overtime much this season, and I’m not sure Minnesota is the team to do it.

COLORADO WINS IN REGULATION

Best Odds

Minnesota Colorado
888Sport
+133 -162
Caesars
+130 -150
BetMGM
+120 -145

Statistics

Head to Head

This will be the first of four straight meetings between Minnesota and Colorado with two in Minnesota and two in Colorado over the next six days. In total, the teams will meet eight times this season due to the divisional alignment

Stats

  • The two teams split their four meetings last season with one win in each arena for both clubs. The Wild hold a slight 53-50-3 edge in the all-time series against the Avalanche.
  • Colorado had the second-best record on the road last season with 24 wins in 37 games away from Denver last year.
  • Minnesota’s Joel Eriksson Ek has scored in four of his last five games to bring his total to five goals on the season, one behind the NHL lead. Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen is among those with the league lead with six goals in eight games after having a six-game goal-scoring streak snapped on Thursday.
  • The Wild have the second-worst power play in the league so far this season with just two goals on 34 chances with the man advantage. Meanwhile, the Avalanche rank third on the penalty kill with a 90.3 percent success rate.

Our Prediction for Minnesota vs. Colorado

Colorado Avalanche to win

Everything about this game points to Colorado having the massive advantage. The Avalanche are more talented, they have better special teams, better goaltending and better scoring. It’s more than enough for them to easily cruise past Minnesota the same way they did San Jose during the week.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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