NHL Betting Breakdown: Will Defense Dominate in Wild-Avalanche?
The Vegas Golden Knights have ruined a great comeback story. One for the ages, really.
Last season, the Colorado Avalanche finished with 48 points, 21 fewer than any other team in the NHL, and not much was expected from the Avs this season, either.
But though Colorado’s been overshadowed by Vegas’ remarkable inaugural season, here we are in March, and the Avalanche are in a playoff spot with 80 points. And their star, Nathan MacKinnon, is making a credible run at the Hart Trophy.
There’s still a lot of work for Colorado to do to avoid becoming an adorable footnote in the 2017-18 season, however, and two more points are up for grabs Tuesday night as the Avalanche travel to Minneapolis to take on the surging Wild. Off we go.
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Colorado Avalanche (+170) @ Minnesota Wild (-200) | O/U 6
8:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network
Great Expectations: Although both teams give up a lot of shot attempts (also known as Corsi) at even strength, both Minnesota and Colorado do a good job of limiting scoring chances. The Wild lead the NHL with an average of 1.96 expected goals against (also known as xGA, roughly defined as the number of goals expected to be allowed based on shot quantity and quality) per 60 minutes at 5-on-5, while the Avalanche sit 11th with an xGA/60 of 2.28. — Michael Leboff