The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Ball Arena.
The Minnesota Wild look to build on their three-game winning streak. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 9.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Joel Eriksson Ek leads Minnesota with six goals, Jordan Greenway has nine assists and Zach Parise has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 87.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed 13 goals on 162 shots faced and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 23 goals on 270 shots.
The Colorado Avalanche look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 23.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with seven goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 14 assists and Nazem Kadri has 45 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 89.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 23 goals on 339 shots faced and Hunter Miska has allowed seven goals on 59 shots.
The Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog and 5-1 in their last 6 Wednesday games. The Avalanche are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The under is 5-2 in Wild last 7 road games. The under is 5-0 in Avalanche last 5 overall. The Wild are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Colorado. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche are the better team on paper and have won two of the three meetings this season, but the Wild have shown some promise lately during their winning streak and the defensive effort has improved greatly. The Minnesota Wild have also played their best hockey on the road, winning 14 of their last 19 tries. The Avs should be favored here, but we’re getting some nice value with the Wild and the plus money.