Avalanche vs Wild Prediction - NHL Picks 11/24/23

Minnesota Wild (5-8-4) vs Colorado Avalanche (12-6)

Game Info: Friday, November 24, 2023 at 8:30 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild +114 / Colorado Avalanche -137 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Colorado Avalanche will play the Minnesota Wild on Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Colorado has won four of their last five games, while Minnesota has lost five games in a row. Check out our Avalanche vs Wild Prediction.

Avalanche Preview

The Colorado Avalanche are 12-6-0 this year after they defeated Vancouver by a score of 5-2 in their last game. Colorado was tied at two in the second period, but they scored three unanswered goals in the third period for the win. The Avalanche were out shot by a total of 29-25 and went 1-4 on the power play in the game. Colorado’s only loss in their last five games came against the Predators by a score of 4-3. Colorado is scoring 3.83 goals per game and they are allowing 3.06 goals against per game, while going 19.7% on the power play and 87.3% on the penalty kill. Cale Makar has led Colorado this year with five goals, 24 assists, and 46 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Colorado is Alexandar Georgiev, who is 11-5-0 this season with a 3.01 goals against average and a .891 save percentage. 

Wild Preview

The Minnesota Wild are 5-8-4 this season after they lost to Toronto in overtime by a score of 4-3 in their last game. Minnesota led 1-0 early in the game, but they trailed 3-1 in the third period. The Wild scored twice in the third to force overtime, but couldn’t get the win. The Wild out shot Toronto by a total of 36-25 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. Minnesota also lost to Ottawa by a score of 2-1 in their first game in Sweden. Minnesota is scoring 3.12 goals per game and they are allowing 4.00 goals against per game, while going 15.6% on the power play and 65.5% on the penalty kill. Mats Zuccarello has led the Wild this year with five goals, 14 assists, and 50 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Minnesota is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is 3-4-2 this season with a 3.46 goals against average and a .875 save percentage. 

Minnesota Wild Team Facts

  • The Wild have won each of their last five games at Xcel Energy Center after coming off overtime.
  • The Wild have failed to cover the puck line in eight of their last nine night games at Xcel Energy Center against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Wild have lost the second period in each of their last four games as underdogs against Western Conference opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Wild's last eight home games against Western Conference opponents.

Colorado Avalanche Team Facts

  • The Avalanche have lost each of their last two games as favorites against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Avalanche have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last four night games at Xcel Energy Center following a win.
  • The Avalanche have won the third period in six of their last seven games against the Wild following a home win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Avalanche's last 10 games.

Minnesota Wild Player Prop Facts

  • Mats Zuccarello has recorded at least one point in each of the Wild's last seven night games at Xcel Energy Center.
  • Matthew Boldy has recorded at least one assist in each of his last four appearances in night games at Xcel Energy Center.
  • Kirill Kaprizov has scored at least one goal in each of the Wild's last five games against the Avalanche at Xcel Energy Center.

Colorado Avalanche Player Prop Facts

  • Valeri Nichushkin has scored at least one goal in each of his last five appearances against Western Conference opponents.
  • Cale Makar has recorded at least one point in each of his last seven appearances against Western Conference opponents.
  • Cale Makar has recorded at least one assist in each of his last seven appearances against Western Conference opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Minnesota Wild ranks 32nd in the league for Period 1 goals allowed per game this season (1.59).
  • The Minnesota Wild ranks 31st in the league for power play goals against this season (20).
  • The Colorado Avalanche ranks 1st in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (1.72).
  • The Colorado Avalanche ranks T3rd in the league in short handed goals this season (5).

Avalanche vs Wild Prediction Breakdown

Minnesota comes into this game on a five game losing streak and they are only 3-3-2 at home, while Colorado is 6-4-0 on the road. The Avalanche have played very well in their last five games and they have scored 27 goals in those five games. The Minnesota penalty kill has been very bad to start the year, going just 65.5%, which could be a major issue in this game. Colorado has won by at least two goals in four of their last five games and I think they will do it again here. Take the Avalanche -1.5 in this one. 

David’s Pick Avalanche -1.5

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