Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild - 1/30/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild - 1/30/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (5-3) vs Colorado Avalanche (5-3)

Game Info: Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild +140 / Colorado Avalanche -161 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday night.

The Colorado Avalanche will look to build on a 3-0 win over San Jose last time out. Nathan MacKinnon has a team-high 10 points with 2 goals and 8 assists while Cale Makar has a team-high 9 assists for his 9 points this season and Mikko Rantanen has a team-high 6 goals as part of his 8 points on the year so far. Nazem Kadri, Gabriel Landeskog and Andre Burakovsky each have 3 goals and 3 assists for their 6 points while Samuel Girard has 5 assists and Brandon Saad, Devon Toews and Joonas Donskoi each have 3 goals and 2 assists for their 5 points this season. Phillipp Grubauer has a 5-2 record with a pair of shutouts and a 1.86 GAA in 7 starts for the Avs this season.

The Minnesota Wild will look to add to a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in their last matchup. Joel Eriksson Ek, Joel Greenway and Kirill Kaprizov each have 7 points with Eriksson Ek logging 5 goals with 2 assists, Kaprizov putting up 5 assists and Greenway doing him one better with 6 assists on the year. Ryan Suter has 5 assists for the Wild while Zach Parise and Jonas Brodin each have 4 points with Parise logging a pair of goals and Brodin has 3 assists. Kaapo Kahkonen has gone 3-2 this year with a 2.40 GAA while Cam Talbot’s posted a 2.34 GAA in 4 starts but has been dealing with a lower body injury.

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Colorado is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 16-6 in their last 22 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road favorite. Minnesota is 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. The under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Minnesota.

I get why the home dog is tempting as Minnesota’s gotten off to a decent start this year and you have to wonder if Colorado can start really putting it together on the road. However, the Avs are still the far better team here with an edge in the crease as I trust Grubauer more than I do Cam Talbot or Kaapo Kahkonen and I still think the Avs are on a mission like it or not. I think it has to be a regulation play here for Colorado to get some value out of the bet, so that’s where I’m headed in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Colorado in Regulation -110

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