- Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche Predictions
Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche Predictions
Pickswise's Expert Predictions & Analysis
Puck Line Pick
The Colorado Avalanche just finished up a four-game series against the Vegas Golden Knights, which they split 2-2. Those are easily two of the best teams in the NHL. The Avalanche should be prepped to dominate much of their remaining schedule after those four playoff-paced games against arguably the best team in the NHL. Captain Gabriel Landeskog returned to the lineup on Saturday. He provides a big physical and offensive boost. Colorado’s defensive core is solid in their own end, helping lead them to the second-best goals-against average in the NHL with 2.13 per game. Not only are they strong in their own end, but they also have the likes of Cale Makar who can be considered an extra forward when in the offensive zone. Their defense is backed by a goaltender is in the early talks for the Vezina Trophy, as Philipp Grubauer has a 9-4-0 record with a 1.78 GAA and .932 SVP. The Minnesota Wild are going to have a very tough time shutting down this Avalanche team.
The Wild are riding a three-game winning streak of their own. Mind you, the quality of the teams they have beaten on this streak is nowhere near that of the Avalanche. Their team points leader is rookie forward Kirill Kaprizov. He has 13 points through 15 games. It isn’t a good sign that he is leading the team, as I don’t see his current points pace is sustainable; he is bound to slow down eventually. The Wild have played the Avalanche three times already this season, losing two of them. I think the Avalanche are more well-rounded then the Wild and will take them on the puck line.
Game Totals Pick
The under is 5-0 in the Avalanche’s last five games. They have showed that they are more than just an offensive powerhouse and that they can compete in and win close hockey games. Like the Avalanche, the Wild are fairly solid defensively, ranking sixth in the league with an average of 2.53 goals against per game. Cam Talbot is slated to get the start for the Wild on Wednesday; he has been solid with a 3-2-0 record, a 2.40 GAA, and .920 SVP. I think the defensive abilities of both teams will take over this hockey game. Look for a very tight/low-scoring hockey game. Neither one of these teams has been amazing at goal-scoring this season, both ranking middle of the pack in that department. Take the under.