Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche Prediction, NHL Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Jan 17, 2022

The Colorado Avalanche are riding a franchise-record 13-game home winning streak, the longest in the NHL this season.

Minnesota
53-22-3-4
AT
January 17, 2022, 3:00 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Colorado
56-19-5-2
Puckline +1.5 -114
Moneyline +215
Over / Under o +6.5

29%

Betting Action

71%

Puckline -1.5 -106
Moneyline -260
Over / Under u +6.5

29%

Betting Action

71%

The Minnesota Wild have done well to re-inject themselves into the Central Division race – but a significant challenge awaits as they visit the division-leading Colorado Avalanche in a Monday matinee. The Wild have reeled off three consecutive victories to move to within five points of top spot in the Central – but they’re considerable underdogs as they kick off the new week against an Avalanche team that has been steamrolling opposing defences all season.

Colorado is a -233 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.5.

Wild vs. Avalanche NHL Betting Odds

The Avalanche should see plenty of betting action despite less-than-generous odds; they’re an incredible 15-2-1 this season at Ball Arena and have won four of the past five meetings vs. the Wild both overall and on home ice. Minnesota is a respectable 10-7-1 SU outside of St. Paul, but has been outscored 15-2 in its last three visits to Denver. That includes a 4-1 setback in the previous meeting between the teams back on Oct. 30.

The total for Monday’s afternoon encounter is set at 6.5, with the Over at -120 and the Under at +100. And it’s hard to argue with the skew toward a high-scoring affair, with the Avalanche at 24-7-4 O/U and the Wild sporting a 21-13 O/U mark for the year. Minnesota has been an elite Over option in recent weeks, having surpassed the total in 13 of its last 19 games. Colorado, meanwhile, is on a 6-1 Over heater.

Minnesota Wild

The Wild will be happy to get back on the ice after seeing a pair of games against Canadian opponents postponed last week. And fans and bettors will see if they’ve managed to make progress on the power play, where they enter the new week ranked 23rd overall in success rate at 17.3 per cent. Monday represents a golden opportunity for the Wild’s PP units to strike gold, with Colorado’s penalty kill ranking 29th league wide at 73.6 per cent.

Colorado Avalanche

Who needs a good PK unit when you score more goals than any other team in the league? The Avalanche have laid waste to opposing netminders, coming into the new week with a 4.29 goals-per-game average; only one other team (Florida, 4.13) is averaging more than four goals per contest. And they’ll be even more dangerous Monday, with forward Gabriel Landeskog returning last game from an absence in COVID protocols.

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