Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche - 12/27/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Friday, December 27, 2019
Location: Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+175) Avalanche (-213)
Philipp Grubauer and the Colorado Avalanche (23-11-3, 2nd in the Central Division) host the Minnesota Wild (18-15-5, 6th in the Central Division) at Pepsi Center on Friday, December 27, 2019. The Wild open this game at +175 while the Avalanche are coming in at -213. The O/U is set at 5.5. The Wild are covering 46.0% of the time, having gone 17-20 SU. The Avalanche are covering 62.2% of the time, going 23-14 straight up.
The Minnesota Wild head into this game holding a record of 18 wins and 15 losses, putting them at 6th in the Central Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 117 goals which has them ranked at 6th in the conference and 15th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -8, putting them at 22nd in the NHL. The Wild have compiled a total of 41 points, which has them ranked at 21st in the NHL and 11th in the West. Regarding shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 1,092 which has them ranked at 15th in the conference and 28th in the NHL. As a unit, Minnesota has racked up a total of 598 hits which means they have an average of 15.7 per game. They have compiled a total of 454 blocks for the year. The man looking after the net for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk from Regina, Saskatchewan. He is 33 years old and has racked up 883 mins protecting the net for the season. Dubnyk is surrendering an average of 3.19 GAA which places him at 27th in the Western Conference and 51st in the NHL among goaltenders. During this season, he's allowed 47 goals. He's earned a save % of .897 which places him at 25th in the Western Conference.
The Minnesota Wild went home feeling good about their game by earning a 3 - 0 victory against the Calgary Flames in their last game. The Wild offense didn't overly impress in this win. In their game, they converted 3 out of the 34 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 1 power play attempt but weren't able to score a goal. Minnesota earned a total of 2 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Wild sat at 61 and the Corsi against was 51 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 54.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 50 and the Fenwick against sat at 37, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 57.5%. They took 29 face-off wins at even strength and lost 30 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 54.1% and they had a PDO of 108.8 in this one. Concerning opponent stats, the Calgary Flames put up 22 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 0 penalty mins and they earned 1 power play chance.
The Avalanche will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 23 wins and 11 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they currently sit 1st in the Western Conference and 2nd in the NHL with +31. They have a total of 134 goals for this season which has them sitting at 1st in the conference. Colorado has a team save % of .916 which is good for 6th in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They are shooting 11.4% which puts them at 1st in the conference. In net for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer who is having a marginal season by allowing 2.86 goals against average and that ranks him 15th among Western Conference goalies and 31st in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,176 minutes he's been on the ice this year, he's given up 56 goals. His save percentage is .913, which puts him at 14th among Western Conference goalies and 26th in the NHL among goalies.
The Colorado Avalanche squared up with the Vegas Golden Knights in a game where the Avalanche got the win by a mark of 7 - 3. For this matchup, Colorado had a 53.9% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 55 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 47. They had a Fenwick percentage of 53.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 43 and the Golden Knights finishing with a 38 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Colorado had and they showed up in this game. Their PDO was 101.8 and they earned an oZS percentage of 55.6%. The Avalanche converted 7 goals of the 38 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 5 power play chances in this one and were able to notch 2 out of those chances. As for their opponent, the Golden Knights had 1 power play chance but weren't able to take advantage of it. Colorado allowed 32 shots on goal and the Golden Knights had a total of 17 penalty minutes.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Colorado (-213) and under the total goals
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