Tonight we get another premium matchup of hockey as the Colorado Avalanche are set for a rematch against the Minnesota Wild. Their Monday matchup was extremely high scoring with the Avalanche being able to pull off the close victory.
Will the Avalanche be victorious yet again, or can the Wild pull off a spoiler at home? Let’s break down who has the betting edge this evening.
The Avalanche are pretty big favorites tonight, but do they deserve that value? The Avalanche have scored more goals on the season and surrendered fear goals to opponents, but they are on an unsustainable run right now.
In their last 10 games, the team is an outstanding 8-0-2 and in order for them to keep that run going, they have to really show out in another road contest. While the team has not been necessarily bad on the road this year, compared to their 17-4-2 home record, it is certainly an area of weakness for the team.
Philipp Grubauer has been sensational this year only allowing a lowly 1.83 goals per game, but showed weakness in their last matchup against the Wild. In this contest, he surrendered four goals. With the Wild having a potent attack and starting to figure things out offensively again, their value is too much to pass on.
The Wild have not been on quite the same tear as the Avalanche has been, but a good sign is that they are playing at home. At home, they have been known killers this year with a mean record of 13-4.
With odds of +163, this is a really tasty game for bettors and stands out as one of the best plus money opportunities of the night. Kirill Kaprizov has been an absolute force this season and should be the driving force of a possible victory for the Wild.
With teammates Jordan Greenway, Mats Zuccarello, and Kevin Fiala by his side, this team has enough firepower to reproduce the pressure they put on Grubauer in their last game. Where the concern lies is under net as the Avalanche have quite the plethora of weapons who could score on the net, but there is faith that both Kaapo Kahkonen and Cam Talbot could hold these offensive skaters in check.
Take the Wild for the insane value they offer here, as this game could very well be 50/50.
The Pick: Minnesota Wild ML (+163)