Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild - 10/5/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild - 10/5/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (0-1) at Colorado Avalanche (1-0)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)

The Line: Colorado Avalanche -182 / Minnesota Wild +148 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche meet Saturday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.

The Minnesota Wild need a victory to rebound from their season opening loss to the Nashville Predators. The Minnesota Wild are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jason Zucker leads Minnesota with one goal, Marcus Foligno has one assist and Luke Kunin has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing five goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up four goals on 31 shots faced. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 15 games.

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The Colorado Avalanche look for a quick 2-0 start after beating the Calgary Flames in their season opener. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging five goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Joonas Donskoi leads Colorado with two goals, Samuel Girard has one assist and Nathan MacKinnon has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing three goals per game and are killing 50 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed three goals on 30 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 11 games.

The Wild are 20-42 in their last 62 vs. Western Conference, 2-5 in their last 7 games following a loss of 3 or more goals and 8-22 in their last 30 overall. The Avalanche are 8-1 in their last 9 games as a home favorite, 8-1 in their last 9 games as a favorite and 16-5 in their last 21 home games. The over is 8-2-2 in Wild last 12 Saturday games. The under is 15-5-2 in Avalanche last 22 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Colorado Avalanche have won five of their last seven meetings against the Minnesota Wild and those games were won by an average of four goals. The Minnesota Wild didn't look good in their season opener and have had issues keeping the puck out of the back of the net dating back to last season. The Colorado Avalanche have also been money lately as home favorites and the defense has improved. Throwing in the history, and this is one of those games you can have confidence taking the Avalanche on the PL. 

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