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Two of the hottest teams in hockey prepare to clash on Thursday night in Denver, as the Minnesota Wild take on the Avalanche. Minnesota is ranked second in the West Division with an 18-8-1 record, the Avalanche are third with a 17-8-2 record.
Wild Look to Continue Win Streak
The Wild are one of the NHL’s hottest teams, and currently own the second-longest win streak with five wins in a row (Washington is currently at six), and have won six of their last seven. To make things even better, each of those wins has come in regulation time, for maximum point earnings. Three of those five wins have been shutouts, and the Wild are playing lights out.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) March 17, 2021
Their last win was a 3-0 result over Arizona at home. Ryan Hartman, Jared Spurgeon, and Mats Zuccarello each scored, with team’s points leader Kirill Kaprizov recording an assist. He now has 25 points on the year. The Wild are 11th in the NHL with 3.19 goals per game.
Kaapo Kähkönen turned in a stellar performance for his second shutout of the year, stopping all 31 shots from the Coyotes. He highlights a solid goalie tandem with a 12-4-0 record, 2.05 GAA, and a .927 save percentage. Strong play from Kähkönen and Cam Talbot have helped Minnesota post the sixth-best GAA average as a team, allowing just 2.37 goals per game to opponents.
Avs Look to Repeat Huge Goal-Scoring Performance
Colorado is on a hot streak as well, having won four straight games, and six of eight. One of those four wins has been in overtime, so they’ll be looking to get a regulation-time win to get some points back. Their last win was particularly impressive, as they a season-high eight goals against Anaheim at home.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) March 17, 2021
Nazem Kadri had two goals and two assists, André Burakovsky, Samuel Girard, Mikko Rantanen, and Brandon Saad each had a goal and an assist, and Pierre-Édouard Bellemare and Nathan MacKinnon both scored a goal. Rantanen leads the team with 30 points, and MacKinnon leads in assists with 17.
Philipp Grubauer came into the game in relief of Hunter Miska, who allowed four goals on seven shots. Grubauer stopped all 15 shots from Anaheim to earn the win. Grubauer has a 16-7-0 record on the year with a 1.85 GAA and a .925 save percentage.
Wild are 5-0 in their last 5 overall.
Wild are 6-0 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
These are two teams with a lot of momentum coming into this one. Colorado has a well-rounded attack between Rantanen, MacKinnon, and Landeskog and co., and an elite goaltender in Grubauer, who is playing lights out. Minnesota, however, is getting the job done in regulation time with lights-out defense. Their two rookie of the year candidates, Kaprizov and Kähkönen, are getting it done on both ends of the ice. Both teams have been great of late, but Minnesota has been better. Wild win.
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Full-Game Total Pick
The hallmark of both team’s hot streaks has been the play in goal. Minnesota has shut out opponents in three of their five wins, and Grubauer is playing incredibly in net. These are two capable offenses, ranking 11th and 12th in goals per game, but the defense is supreme. Go with the under.