Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild - 4/29/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild - 4/29/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (51-22-7) vs Colorado Avalanche (56-18-6)

Game Info: Friday, April 29, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild +110 / Colorado Avalanche -135 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Minnesota Wild host the Colorado Avalanche in Friday NHL Action.

The Colorado Avalanche come into this road contest with an overall record of 56-18-6. Through 80 games, the Avalanche are 1st in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 307 times, good for a rank of 3rd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Colorado is the 6th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.8 goals per game. So far, the Avalanche have a strength of schedule rating of 30th 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 51-22-7. This mark places them 2nd in the Central division. Through 80 games, the Wild have scored 303 goals, giving them an average of 3.73. This output gives them a rank of 5th among NHL teams. On defense, Minnesota is the 18th-ranked unit, giving up 3.08 goals per contest. So far, the Wild have played the 25th 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 8th in the NHL.

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Through 73 games, the Colorado Avalanche goal and overall scoring leader is Mikko Rantanen, with 91 points. He has reached his mark of 36 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.5%. So far, 44.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Nathan MacKinnon, who has 56 assists to go along with his 32 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +24. Colorado's top goalie is Darcy Kuemper, who is giving up an average of 2.52 goals per game. In his 56 games played, he has turned in 32 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 79 games, the Minnesota Wild's goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 105 points. He has reached his mark of 45 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.8%. So far, 29% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Kevin Fiala, who has 51 assists to go along with his 33 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +23. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.78 goals per game. In his 48 games played, he has turned in 27 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Colorado's 80 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 43-35-2. So far, taking the over when the Avalanche are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 22-17-1. On the season, 60.0% of Colorado's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 58% of the scoring coming from the Avalanche. In Minnesota's 80 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 47-31-2. So far, taking the over when the Wild are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 26-12-1. 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. This matchup features two teams who excel on both offense and defense. With an over-under line set at 6.5 goals, look for defense to win out. I recommend taking the under.

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