After a pair of games in Saint Paul over the weekend, the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche continue their battle tonight at Ball Arena in Denver.
Let’s take a look at this a Western Division clash on February 2, 2021 from a betting perspective in our Wild vs. Avalanche betting preview with odds, picks and predictions.
Wild vs. Avalanche Betting Pick
The Minnesota Wild picked up a solid 4-3 overtime victory on Sunday against the Avalanche, with defenseman Jonas Brodin scoring just 18 seconds into the extra period for the victory.
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Forward Victor Rask scored a pair of goals as Minnesota fired 33 shots on Colorado backup goalie Hunter Miska, who’s now lost two straight starts.
To make matters worse for the Avs, their superstar forward Nathan MacKinnon is out tonight as he left Sunday’s contest with a lower-body injury. Even with Colorado’s depth at forward, MacKinnon, who picked up two assists before getting hurt, will be missed in the lineup.
Avalanche vs. Wild Odds
Here are the latest lines for Avalanche vs. Wild at BetMGM.
- Spread: Avalanche (-1.5 +150); Wild (+1.5 -180)
- Moneyline: Avalanche (-167); Wild (+143)
- Over/Under: Over 6 (+104)/Under 6 (-125)
Bets We Like With a Wild Win
Joel Eriksson-Ek to Score a Goal Anytime (+310 DraftKings)
The 24-year old Swedish native has been red-hot for the Wild with five goals and four assists through 10 games. Known more for his defensive play over five seasons in the league, he’s been logging some solid minutes on the power play so far this season.
Eriksson-Ek only has four assists to his credit in 15 career meetings against Colorado, but I like for him to continue his scoring streak in this matchup.
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Bets We Like With an Avalanche Win
Nazem Kadri to Score a Goal Anytime (+215, DraftKings)
The veteran grinder has three goals on the season, and with the absence of MacKinnion for this contest, the secondary scorers will need to step up for Colorado. Kadri has three goals and six assists in 18 career matchups against Minnesota.
Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome
First Period OVER 1.5 Goals (-125, BetMGM)
The Wild have been playing with high energy early and often this season, with a 7-3 mark to the first period over after 10 games. They are battling a Colorado squad that has at times started fast this season, going 5-5 to the over in the first 20 minutes.
We saw this prop cash in both meetings in Saint Paul and I like for it to continue tonight.
Wild vs. Avalanche Prediction
Colorado isn’t going to be happy after dropping Sunday’s game in overtime. Now, coming home to continue what has been a chippy series, and with Phillip Grubauer back in net for this contest, I like the Avalanche to beat the Wild by the score of 4-2.
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