The Avalanche and Wild are set to face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Wild will host the game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. In this division matchup, the Avalanche are favored by -1.5 against the Wild. The over/under for the game is 6.5 goals.

COLORADO AVALANCHE VS MINNESOTA WILD BETTING PICK

The Pick: Minnesota Wild +1.5

This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center at 8:00 ET on Thursday, April 4th.

WHY BET THE MINNESOTA WILD:

  • With the Avalanche being favored by 1.5, our NHL analytics models has this one playing out 4-3 in favor of the Avalanche.
  • Take the Avalanche on the moneyline
  • On the puck line, we like Wild (+1.5)

Can the Avalanche Grab a Win on the Road?

As the third-place team in the Western Conference, the Colorado Avalanche have put together an impressive record of 47-22-6. Within the Central Division, they are in second place and have gone 14-8 against divisional opponents. Over their last ten games, the Avalanche have gone 7-3, and they have won two straight games when listed as the underdog.

Over the course of the season, Colorado has been favored in 64 of their 75 games, and they have gone 42-16-6 in those games. On the road, the Avalanche have gone 18-15-5, and they have gone 31-12 against Western Conference opponents.

On the road, the Avalanche have gone 14-24 against the puck line this season, and they have an average scoring margin of -.2 goals per game. So far this year, Colorado has 33 wins by multiple goals.

Overall, the Avalanche have a puck line record of 36-39, including going 5-5 vs. the puck line in their last ten games. In their last ten road games, Colorado has gone 5-5 vs. the puck line.

Games involving Colorado have an average of 6.7 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.4. In terms of their over/under performance, the Avalanche come in with a record of 41-31-3.

In their last three games away from home, the Avalanche have a straight up record of 2-1 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.

When looking at their offense, the Avalanche have an average of 3.7 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 1st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 4th in the league. So far this year, the Avalanche are 32-12 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 12-9 in games with fewer shots on goal.

Colorado’s leading scorer is Nathan MacKinnon. So far, he has 47 goals which is 4th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, MacKinnon has 80 assists this season.

Defensively, the Wild come into the season ranked 23rd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.7 shots per game against Minnesota. For the season, they are ranked 12th in shutouts, coming in with 5 shutouts.

Goalie Alexandar Georgiev comes into the game having made 57 starts this season. So far, his record is 37-15 and he has a save percentage of 0.96%.

Can the Wild Grab a Win at Home?

At home this season, the Wild have gone 20-12-6 and are 10th in the Western Conference standings with 82 points. In their last ten games, Minnesota has gone 6-4, and they have won two straight games as the underdog.

Overall, the Wild are 36-28-10 and have gone 8-14 against Central Division opponents. When they have been the underdog this season, Minnesota has gone 12-21-5.

On the season, Minnesota has gone 39-35 against the puck line, including 24-14 as the underdog. So far, they have 24 wins by multiple goals and have dropped 19 games by more than one goal.

When playing at home, the Wild have a puck line record of 19-19, and their average scoring margin at home is +.1 goals per game. In their last ten home games, Minnesota has gone 6-4 vs. the puck line.

The average goal total for Minnesota’s games is sitting at 6.2. The average over/under line for the season is 6.1. The Wild come in with an over/under record of 34-36-4.

Across their three previous road games, Colorado has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 2-1 while averaging 2 goals per game.

For their offensive performance, the Wild come in averaging 3 goals per game this season, which is 22nd in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 21st in the league. So far this year, the Wild are 21-13 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 14-15 in games with fewer shots on goal.

Minnesota’s current leading scorer is Kirill Kaprizov. This season, he has 37 goals, which puts him 16th in the NHL. Kaprizov also comes into the game with 46 assists.

Defensively, the Wild are currently 23rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.7 shots per game against Minnesota. They also are 12th in shutouts, coming in with 5 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Filip Gustavsson has started 40 games this season. His current record stands at 19-16, and his save percentage is 0.768%.