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Minnesota vs. Colorado,
12/27/2019 20:00 EDT,
Score: 6 - 4
Money Line: -189 Colorado
7* Colorado (8:05 ET): The Avalanche have a legit claim to call themselves the best team in the Western Conference. While they are five points back of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Blues, whom they've struggled against head to head, no other team in the West has more points than the Avs' 49. What sets Colorado apart though is their YTD goal differential of +31. It's easily the best in the West w/ St. Louis (+19) #2. I think it'll be an easy two points for the home team in Denver tonight.
While Colorado is in second place in the Central Division, Minnesota is second from the bottom. The Wild can be a formidable club at home where their record is 10-2-3 SU. But on the road, they are just 8-13-2 SU. Those 13 regulation losses are tied for most in the league coming into tonight. Look no further than the last two games for evidence of the Wild's inconsistency. While they shut out Calgary 3-0 on Monday, that came on the heels of a 6-0 loss to Winnipeg. Both games were at home.
The Avalanche won their last game 7-3 against Vegas and that was on the road. They should be motivated coming into tonight as prior to beating the Golden Knights, they'd dropped B2B home games. Making the Avs' season all the more impressive is that they've had to deal with lots of injuries. But they are pretty healthy now and should overwhelm an opponent giving up 3.7 goals per game on the road. The Avs average 3.7 gpg at home. 7* Colorado