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Colorado Avalanche take on Wild in hockey test

Colorado Avalanche

Minnesota Wild
27-12-5 January 11, 2014, 08:00 PM | Xcel Energy Center 24-17-5

The Wild get a visit from the Colorado Avalanche in hockey action on Saturday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

The Wild sport a record of 24-17-5 heading into this matchup, while the Avalanche sit at 27-12-5 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 13-22-11 for the Wild and 20-22-2 for the Avalanche.

View Colorado Avalanche vs Minnesota Wild Odds and Stats.

The Wild were listed earlier today as -131 moneyline Favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Wild rated this week at No. 25 and the Avalanche sitting at No. 23.

In their last action, Colorado was a 2-1 loser at home against the Islanders. Bettors on New York at +136 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Minnesota was a 4-1 winner in its last match on the road against the Coyotes. They won as +160 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of PUSH bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 25-ranked offense (2.43 goals per game) against a Avalanche defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.57 goals per game allowed. The Wild powerplay has clicked at a 19.86% rate while the Avalanche have a 80.45% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Colorado at Chicago, Tuesday, January 14th
Minnesota at Nashville, Sunday, January 12th