NHL Hockey Picks: March 14th 2013
Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild
Prediction: Minnesota -138
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I passed on yesterday’s light NHL schedule, focusing on basketball. (Editor’s Note: Burns was 5-0 yesterday. He’s now 7-1 the last two days and 40-20 on the month). However, today offers a much deeper hockey card & I believe this is one of several solid opportunities.
These teams have shown a similar pattern in recent days. Both had yesterday off, after they each lost on Tuesday. Prior to that, both had won two straight.
A closer look reveals that the Avalanche lost their Tuesday game by a score of 4-0 while the Wild were only narrowly (2-1) beaten.
With this game being played at Minnesota, I feel that the Wild will have the better shot at bouncing back.
While these teams have split this season’s first two meetings, the Wild have been better in division games overall. They’re 6-4 (+1.4) against divisional opponents while the Avs are 4-5 (-0.6.)
Going back further finds Minnesota at 33-25 (+9.6) the past couple of seasons, in its divisional games. During the same period, Colorado is a money-burning 19-38 (-23.8.)
It should also be noted that the Avs are only 1-7 (-5.6) after scoring one goal or less in their previous game and 1-3 (-1.6) when playing a road game with an O/U line of five. On the other hand, the Wild are 7-4 (+1.8) when playing a home game with an O/U line of five.
These teams will face each other again, at Colorado, on Saturday. Knowing that to be the case, I expect the Wild to go “all out” to pick up the two points at their home rink. Consider Minnesota.
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