Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild - 3/27/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Minnesota Wild (38-20-4) vs Colorado Avalanche (46-14-5)
Game Info: Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild +104 / Colorado Avalanche -128 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Wild host the Colorado Avalanche in Sunday NHL Action.
The Colorado Avalanche come into this road contest with an overall record of 46-14-5. Through 65 games, the Avalanche are 1st in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 251 times, good for a rank of 2nd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Colorado is the 9th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.77 goals per game. So far, the Avalanche have a strength of schedule rating of 32nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 3rd ranked team in the NHL.
The Minnesota Wild get set to host the Colorado Avalanche with an overall record of 38-20-4. This mark places them 2nd in the Central division. Through 62 games, the Wild have scored 231 goals, giving them an average of 3.65. This output gives them a rank of 4th among NHL teams. On defense, Minnesota is the 17th ranked unit, giving up 3.13 goals per contest. So far, the Wild have played the 24th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Minnesota's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 7th in the NHL.
Through 65 games, the Colorado Avalanche's leading goal scorer is Mikko Rantanen. With his 45 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 77. On the season, he is turning 14.8% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Avalanche have benefited from the strong play of Nazem Kadri, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Colorado's 65 games, he has come up with 25 goals on a shooting percentage of 11.8%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 16. Colorado's top goalie is Darcy Kuemper, who is giving up an average of 2.39 goals per game. In his 45 games played, he has turned in 27 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Through 61 games, the Minnesota Wild's goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 78 points. He has reached his mark of 33 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.1%. So far, 21.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 44 assists to go along with his 19 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +18. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.82 goals per game. In his 40 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
In Colorado's 65 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 37-26-2. So far, taking the over when the Avalanche are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 19-12-1. On the season, 63.0% of Colorado's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 57% of the scoring coming from the Avalanche. In Minnesota's 62 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 37-23-2. So far, taking the over when the Wild are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-8-1. On the season, 65.0% of Minnesota's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 54.0% of the scoring coming from the Wild. Look for this to be a high-scoring game, finishing above the line of 6.5 goals.
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