Betting NHL handicappers expect both the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche to be among the contenders in the Western Conference all the way to the end of the NHL online betting season.
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Colorado had a record of 25-19-6 with the hockey odds and was 14-11-3 at home. The Avalanche were a strong over team as a host with 20 of their 28 games at the Pepsi Center going over the total. It is easy to see why Colorado is going over the total so consistently as they ranked 4th in the NHL for goal scoring and 30th for goals against.
The Avs had the 8th ranked power play in the NHL while ranking 28th for penalty killing.
Minnesota was 25-19-1-4 with the hockey gambling odds and was most effective on the road with a mark of 14-8-1-2. The Wild were quite different from Colorado in that they ranked 19th in the NHL for goal scoring and 11th for goals against. Minnesota had an excellent power play however that ranked 6th best in the NHL.
Minnesota has had the better of this series with 12 payouts in their last 20 games against Colorado although the Avalanche have paid out in 2 of their first 3 games against the Wild this season. On November 27 the Avs blew out the Wild in a 7-4 home win that soared over the total. On December 23 Minnesota scored a 3-1 payout at Colorado as the game stayed under the number.
On January 14 Colorado returned the favor with a 4-1 win at Minnesota that went under the total. The series has gone under the total in 10 of the last 13 matchups. Minnesota has gotten the money in 6 of their last 8 visits to Colorado with 7 of those games going under the betting NHL total.