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Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche odds, picks and prediction

The Minnesota Wild (18-8-1) open up a two-game set on the road against the Colorado Avalanche (17-8-2) Thursday with a 9 p.m. ET puck drop at Ball Arena. Below, we analyze the Wild-Avalanche odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.

Wild at Avalanche: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 10:05 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Wild +140 (bet $100 to win $140) | Avalanche -165 (bet $165 to win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Wild +1.5 (-200) | Avalanche -1.5 (+165)
  • Over/Under: 5.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Wild at Avalanche: Projected starting goalies

Cam Talbot (6-4-1, 2.46 GAA, .916 SV%, 1 SO) vs. Philipp Grubauer (16-7-0, 1.85 GAA, .925 SV%, 4 SO)

Talbot looks to stay hot after allowing just one goal in two starts at home against the Arizona Coyotes. In his previous three outings, all away from home, he coughed up a total of 13 goals, so it has definitely been a different story on the road.

Grubauer came on in a relief appearance Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks, and he turned aside all 15 shots he faced in the final two periods to pick up the victory. He was credited with the win in each of his past four appearances, allowing just two goals, and he has six victories in his previous seven games.

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Wild at Avalanche: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Avalanche 3, Wild 2

Money line (ML)

The AVALANCHE (-165) are a little expensive considering the Wild won three of the first four meetings, but they’re playing very well and are coming off an 8-4 win against the Ducks Tuesday.

Colorado has won four straight and has lost just once in regulation across its past eight outings (6-1-1).

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Against the spread (ATS)

The WILD +1.5 (-200) are a little bit expensive, but they are coming in on a five-game win streak, so they’re a good bet on the puck line.

In fact, Minnesota has outscored the opposition 17-4 in its past five games; however, Colorado has outpaced its opponents 16-6 in the previous four at home, so this one is going to be close.

Over/Under (O/U)

UNDER 5.5 (-110) is the play, as Talbot and Grubauer are each playing very well for their respective clubs.

The Under is 3-0 in the past three for Minnesota, and 4-1 across the past five. For Colorado, the Over easily cashed last time out, but the Under is 4-1 in the previous five and 6-2 across the past eight. Go lightly on the Under.

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