Avalanche vs Wild Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/9/2020
Game: Colorado Avalanche vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Sunday, February 9, 2020
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Avalanche (-125) Wild (+113)
Philipp Grubauer and the Colorado Avalanche (30-16-6, 2nd in the Central Division) head to Xcel Energy Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Minnesota Wild (26-22-6, 6th in the Central Division). The odds on this contest have the Avalanche priced at -125 and the Wild are at +113. The total opens at 6. The Avalanche are covering 57.7% of the time, having gone 30-22 SU. Minnesota covers 47.2% of the time, going 25-28 straight up.
The Colorado Avalanche head into this game holding a record of 30 victories and 16 defeats, putting them at 2nd in the Central Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 192 goals which puts them at 1st in the Western Conference and 4th in the league. Their goal differential is +42, putting them at 3rd in the league. The Avalanche currently have a total of 66 pts, which puts them at 8th in the league and 2nd in the West. When looking at shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,718 which puts them at 6th in the West and 13th in the league. As a unit, Colorado currently has a total of 892 hits which has them averaging 17.2 per game. They currently have a total of 617 blocks for this season. Looking after the goal for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer from Rosenheim, Germany. He is 28 years old and has totaled 1,837 mins minding the net for the season. Grubauer is giving up an average of 2.78 goals per game which has him ranking 13th among Western Conference goaltenders and 28th in the NHL among goalies. During this season, he has given up 85 goals. He's earned a save % of .910 which has him ranking 17th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Colorado Avalanche will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4 - 1 win over the Ottawa Senators in their last contest. The Avalanche played really well in this victory. For this game, they scored on 4 out of the 34 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 1 power play opportunity and were able to net 1 goal on that chance. Colorado had 4 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Avalanche was 46 and the Corsi against was 52 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 46.9%. Their Fenwick sat at 37 while the Fenwick against at even strength was 39, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 48.7%. They earned 33 face-off wins at even strength and lost 25 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 57.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 105.8 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Ottawa Senators racked up 26 shots. They had a total of 2 penalty minutes and they notched 2 power play chances.
The Wild are the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 26 victories and 22 defeats. With regard to goal differential, they rank 11th in the West and 23rd in the NHL with -10. They currently have a total of 166 goals for this year which has them sitting at 7th in the Western Conference. Minnesota has a team save % of .895 which currently has them ranked 26th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They have a shooting percentage of 10.4% which is good for 3rd in the conference. In goal for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk who is having a rough year by giving up 3.34 goals per contest and that places him 32nd among West goaltenders and 61st in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,417 mins he's been on the ice this season, he's allowed 79 goals. He holds a save percentage of .892, which has him ranked 31st among West goaltenders and 60th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Minnesota Wild faced off against the Dallas Stars in an outing where the Wild got the win by a mark of 3 - 2. In this game, Minnesota earned a 50.5% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 47 while the opposition had a Corsi of 46. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 51.6% by earning a Fenwick of 33 and the Stars ending the game with a 31 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Minnesota had and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. Their PDO at even strength was 108.0 and their percentage of oZS was 54.3%. The Wild netted 3 goals of the 30 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play attempts in this game but were not able to net one. On the other side of the ice, the Stars had 6 power play attempts and went on to score 1 goal. Minnesota gave way to 33 shots on goal and the Stars earned a total of 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Colorado (-125)
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