Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 4/27/2014
Monday, April 28 on TSN, RDS2, Alti
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
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The Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in overtime on Saturday to take a 3-2 lead in their quarterfinal series.
After no goals were scored in the opening period, Cody McLeod scored a shorthanded goal eight minutes into the second period to put the Avalanche up 1-0. Just over a minute later, Matt Moulson leveled the score off assists by Jared Spurgeon and Dany Heatley. Nick Holden would get the lead back for Colorado at the 12:16 mark.
Zach Parise was able to tie the game up for the Wild four and a half minutes into the third period, and then Kyle Brodziak scored his second of the series two minutes later to give them their first lead of the game. It looked like the Wild would hold on until Colorado right wing P.A. Parenteau was able to beat Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper with just over a minute left in the game to force overtime.
Three and a half minutes into the extra period, 18-year-old rookie Nathan MacKinnon was the hero for the Avs as he was able to control a pass by teammate Gabriel Landeskog and put it past Kuemper.
MacKinnon has definitely been Colorado's best offensive player in this series. He has two huge goals for his team and eight assists.
Colorado netminder Semyon Varlamov had another solid game in net for his team, saving 29 of the 32 shots he faced.
Colorado is 26-14 straight up on the road this season
Colorado is 20-20-1 against the over/under on the road this season
Minnesota is 26-14 straight up at home this season
Minnesota is 14-18-9 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
04/26/14 LW Patrick Bordeleau Possible Suspension questionable
04/21/14 D Tyson Barrie Knee expected to miss 4-6 weeks
04/18/14 C John Mitchell Concussion out indefinitely
04/17/14 D Cory Sarich Back expected to miss first round of playoffs
03/31/14 C Matt Duchene Knee expected to miss first round of playoffs
02/25/14 RW Milan Hejduk Personal has retired
02/20/14 LW Alex Tanguay Hip out for season
04/26/14 D Jared Spurgeon Knee questionable
04/23/14 LW Matt Cooke Suspension expected to miss another 6 games
03/26/14 D Keith Ballard Groin out indefinitely
03/12/14 LW Jason Zucker Quad out for season
03/05/14 GO Niklas Backstrom Abdominal out for season
01/06/14 GO Josh Harding Illness out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota
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