Colorado vs Minnesota: prediction for the NHL fixture
Colorado continue to consistently chalk up points. In the last 8 games, the Avalanche suffered only one defeat, to Nashville (4:5 OT). Goalie Kuemper failed to stop 16% of the shots. The Avalanche also had tough games against Arizona (4:3 SO) and Toronto (5:4 ОТ), but in both cases the team was successful outside regulation.
Minnesota have ended their five-game losing streak. The team traveled to Boston, where they got a landslide victory over the Bruins (3:2). The Wild's goalie Kähkönen made 36 saves. After that, the Wild were back at home, where they beat Washington in a shootout (3:2 SO) before crushing Anaheim (7:3). The visitors have some problems with the lineup, but their young star Kaprizov has recovered from his injury and is back in the ranks.
In 4 out of 5 head-to-head games, the teams scored in each period.
In the last 4 games between the teams, more than 1 goal was scored in the second period.
Colorado are in great form, but they often experience problems against such powerful opponents as Minnesota. The Wild can edge a win here - the visitors have been solid of late.
Our prediction - handicap (+1.5) to Minnesota
We are predicting a high-scoring game here. Both sides have powerful attacking lines and are not used to sitting on the defensive.
Second wager - total over 6 goals