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NHL Sports Betting - Avs at Wild

NHL sports betting surprises continue from the Colorado Avalanche as they remain an upstart betting NHL contender in the Western Conference for 2010-11.
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NHL sports betting handicappers were caught off guard when the Avs landed a playoff spot last year but Colorado is making betting NHL believers out of the skeptics with another strong season.

The Minnesota Wild will host the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night with a start time of 8 PM ET.  Have your account open and ready at Sports Gambling for side and total odds on this matchup.

Minnesota was 21-15-1-4 with the hockey gambling odds and was 10-9-0-2 at home with an even 9-9-3 over under split as a host.  The Wild were in good form recently as they paid out in their first 4 games of the New Year with 3 of those games going under the total.

Minnesota was in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race and was neck and neck with Colorado for 2nd place in the Northwest Division.  The Wild ranked 19th for goal scoring and 12th for goals against.

The lackluster offense was actually led by defenseman Brent Burns, who had a team best 12 goals.  Niklas Backstrom had a 2.58 goals against average while backup Jose Theodore had a 2.46 goals against average.  The Wild had an effective power play that ranked 7th.

Colorado had a record of 21-15-6 with the hockey lines and was 10-7-3 on the road with just 7 of their 20 away games going under the total.  The Avs were struggling as of late with just 2 payouts in 9 games from December 21 through January 8.

Colorado was one of the top offensive teams in the league as they ranked 4th for goal scoring but that was countered by a bad defense the ranked 29th for goals against.  The Avs ranked 8th on the power play but 28th for penalty killing.

Colorado has gotten the money in just 4 of their last 14 NHL sports betting matchups at Minnesota and has lost 4 of their last 5 visits to the Twin Cities.  Minnesota has won 9 of the last 12 matchups in this head to head series overall and the two teams have gone under the total in 4 of their last 6 matchups.  Minnesota scored a 3-1 payout at Colorado on December 23 in the last meeting between the teams.