Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/9/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Colorado Avalanche (30-16-6) at Minnesota Wild (26-22-6)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild +100 / Colorado Avalanche -115 --- Over/Under: 6
The Colorado Avalanche and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday night.
The Colorado Avalanche will look to build on their current three-game winning streak after a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets last time out. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Columbus broke the tie just before the midway point of the 2nd period. Columbus’ lead would hold up through the 2nd and a good chunk of the 3rd before Nazem Kadri tied the game at one for the Avs with just over eight minutes to go. Nathan MacKinnon gave Colorado the lead for good with the go-ahead goal with just four and a half minutes to play. Phillipp Grubauer got the win to improve to 17-11-4 on the year after stopping 31 of 32 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Minnesota Wild will look to add to their current three-game winning streak after a 3-2 win over Dallas last time out. Dallas opened the scoring late in the opening frame and doubled the lead within the first three minutes of the 2nd period before Joel Eriksson Ek got the Wild on the board just over eight minutes into the 2ndperiod. Ryan Donato tied the game at two just 3:44 later, sending us to the 3rd deadlocked at two goals apiece. The game looked headed for OT but Eriksson Ek would score his 2nd of the game with :27 to go, giving the Wild the win and the two points here. Devan Dubnyk got the win to improve to 10-13-2 on the year after stopping 31 of 33 shots faced in the winning effort.
Colorado is 2-5 in their last 7 division games and 38-82 in their last 120 games on no rest while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Minnesota is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 home games while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams and Colorado is 4-12 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams in Minnesota.
I get Colorado being favored here as the Avs are picking up steam with wins in three straight, but Colorado hasn’t been great on the second half of a back-to-back for some time now and that effort took a lot to come back and beat Columbus on Saturday. Minnesota is rested and are starting to play better as of late with wins in three straight as well and the Wild have done a lot of solid work on home ice this year. Add in the success the underdog has had in this matchup and I think that Minnesota is worth a look at even money here.