The Colorado Avalanche are set to make a blizzard out of the struggling Minnesota Wild in their upcoming NHL showdown.
As we gear up for another night of a loaded slate of NHL action, we've got our eyes locked on the clash between the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild. Why? Because it's not just a game, it's an opportunity, a chance for Minnesota to pull up their socks or for the Avalanche to pile on the misery. And from where I'm sitting, it looks like Colorado is about to snowball over the Wild.
Let's talk numbers. The Wild have been stuck in a rut, losing 5 in a row. Their stats scream trouble, allowing a whopping 4 goals per game and their penalty kill is an ugly 65.5%. It's like they've got a revolving door on their net, and the Avalanche are just the team to exploit this.
Meanwhile, the Avalanche are on a high, winning 4 out of their last 5 games, including 2 out of their last 3 on the road. They've been on fire, blitzing their way through the competition. Their elite scorers, Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and Cale Makar, are set to make a feast of this game. They're the kind of players you'd want in your fantasy team, the kind that can turn a game on its head.
Sure, Colorado's got their own issues, their goaltending hasn't been top-notch. Alexandar Georgiev might be boasting an 11-5-0 record, but his 3.01 GAA and a .891 SV% don't inspire much confidence. But when you're up against a team having a defensive crisis, these numbers don't seem so bad. If the Wild get into penalty trouble, which looks quite likely, they’re up a creek without a paddle.
So, there it is. I'm calling it for the Avalanche. The Wild's dismal run of form and their defensive woes make them easy pickings for a Colorado team that's on the up. It's not about being harsh, it's about calling it like I see it. The Avalanche are simply the better team right now, and I don't see the Wild turning things around this time.
Official Play: Avalanche ML (-120)