Wild vs. Avalanche Pick
61 Minnesota Wild vs. 62 Colorado Avalanche, 9PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Wild are listed as a -115 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Avalanche are a -105 underdog, while the total is set at 5.5 goals.
Colorado actually opened as the -115 favorite before the line tilted in Minnesota's favor. The total can be found at 6 at some books, while others have it at 5.5 with extra juice on the over.
As of Friday afternoon, 68 percent of public bets are siding with the visiting Wild. Online wager info also shows that 71 percent of bets are coming in on the over.
INJURY TO WATCH
Minnesota does not have anyone listed on its injury report. As for the Avs, goaltender Andrew Hammond is questionable with a brain injury. Fellow goaltender Jonathan Bernier is out indefinitely with a brain injury, while defenseman Erik Johnson is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
Colorado is 22-8-1-0 at home this season, while Minnesota is 14-16-0-1 on the road. The previous two meetings have been split with each team winning on its home ice. The Wild crushed the Avalanche 7-2 at home on Jan. 6. That info alone is enough for me to want to take Colorado here as a slight home underdog.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: COLORADO AVALANCHE -105