Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche - 3/18/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche - 3/18/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche (17-8-2) vs Minnesota Wild (18-8-1)

Game Info: Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -150 / Minnesota Wild +125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Wild and the Colorado Avalanche meet in NHL action from the Ball Arena on Thursday night.

The Minnesota Wild will look to build on their 3-0 win over Arizona last time out. Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 25 points including 10 goals and a team-high 15 assists while Joel Greenway has 20 points with 15 assists as well. Mats Zuccarello is on assist behind Greenway with 5 goals and 14 assists while Joel Eriksson Ek has 11 goals this season. As a team, Minnesota is averaging 3.2 goals per game on 30.5 shots per game with an 8.1% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.4 goals per game on 28.7 shots against per game with an 86.2% success rate on the penalty kill this season.

The Colorado Avalanche will be looking to add to their 8-4 win over Anaheim last time out. Mikko Rantanen leads the Avs in scoring with 30 points coming on a team-high 14 goals and 16 assists while Nathan MacKinnon has 25 points with a team-high 17 assists. Nazem Kadri and Sam Girard each have 20+ points with 15+ assists for Colorado this season. As a team, Colorado is averaging 3.2 goals per game on a league-high 34.2 shots per game with a 23% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.4 goals per game on 24.9 shots against per game with an 87.7% success rate on the penalty kill this season.

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Minnesota is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 road games. Colorado is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite. The over is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in Colorado.

I think you could make a case for either side here as Colorado’s been good at home while the Wild have started to step it up away from home. However, both teams have won 7 of their last 10 games and realistically I’ve been more impressed by what I’ve seen from Minnesota lately. I just think that all the value is with the Wild here so I’ll take it and the plus money in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Minnesota +125

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