Cale Makar, Nathan MacKinnon, and the Colorado Avalanche will do battle against Eric Staal, Ryan Suter, and the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in a Central Division tilt. The opening face-off takes place at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 9, and you are able to catch it live on NBC Sports Network.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild Odds
With a moneyline of -125, Colorado comes into the contest as the favorite. The line for the Wild sits at +105 and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals (-115 for the over, -105 for the under) at FanDuel.
Colorado is 31-22 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 2.8 units this year. Through 53 regular season outings, 28 of its games have gone over the total, while 22 have gone under and just two have pushed. This 2019-20 Avalanche team is 17-11 SU on the road.
Colorado has converted on 19.1 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and it has successfully killed off 78.9 percent of all penalties..
Averaging 27.1 saves per game with a .912 save percentage, Philipp Grubauer (18-15-4) has been the top option in goal for Colorado this year. Grubauer did just play last night, however, so head coach Jared Bednar could decide to rest him and turn to Pavel Francouz instead (13-7-2 record, .924 save percentage, 2.45 goals against average).
On the other side of the rink, Minnesota is 26-28 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.0 unit for moneyline bettors this year. 26 of its contests have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under and just five have pushed. This season, the team’s 16-11 SU as the home team.
The Wild have converted on just 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 73.9 percent of all penalties.
Alex Stalock (25.4 saves per game) has been the top selection in goal for the Wild. Stalock has 14 wins, 13 losses, and three overtime losses and has recorded a mediocre 2.85 goals against average and a fairly-weak .905 save percentage this year.
Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild Betting Predictions
Free Pick: SU Winner – Wild, O/U – Under
The total has gone over in four of Colorado’s last five games.
Colorado has attempted 32.8 shots per contest overall this season (the second-most in the NHL), and 32.3 in its last 10 outings.
Over Colorado’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-2 in those games).
Colorado skaters registered 21.9 hits per game last season, while the Wild forced 19.5 hits per matchup.