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Hockey odds preview - Minnesota vs. Colorado

Minnesota Wild

Colorado Avalanche
29-20-6 January 30, 2014, 09:00 PM | Pepsi Center 33-14-5

The Colorado Avalanche battle the visiting Minnesota Wild on Thursday in NHL betting action at Pepsi Center.

The Wild will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 29-20-6 this season, while the Avalanche are 33-14-5. Minnesota is 15-27-13 against the total, while Colorado is 25-25-2 versus the number.

View Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche Odds and Stats.

If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Wild listed earlier today as underdogs of 134 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Avalanche at No. 10 and the Wild at No. 27 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 4-2 winner on the road against the Ducks. Bettors on Minnesota at +187 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Colorado was a 4-3 winner in its last match on the road against the Stars. They won as +115 underdogs, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Colorado's No. 8-ranked offense (2.94 goals per game) against a Wild defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.45 goals per game allowed. The Avalanche powerplay has clicked at a 19.33% rate while the Wild have a 79.31% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Minnesota at Calgary, Saturday, February 1st
Colorado home to Buffalo, Saturday, February 1st