Minnesota lost only two games this month and both defeats were handed to them by the best teams in the Western Conference. While this doesn’t make it any easier to accept the lost points, the Wild have no reasons to be worried ahead of the home fixture against Colorado.
Match: Minnesota vs Colorado
Odds: William Hill 2.00
The Avalanche where the team to put an end to Chicago’s invincibility in regulation time, but since beating the Blackhawks at home, they’ve only won once. Losing at home to Edmonton should serve as a silent reminder that there are no easy teams in NHL anymore and any early mistake leads to devastating consequences. If the visitors don’t want to fight an uphill battle once again, they will need to close the defensive gaps and have their starting goalkeeper more alert and inspired at blocking shots.
All this sounds like wishful thinking, with Varlamov losing all his 9 games on the road and conceding four goals in the last direct match. Add to this the fact that Minnesota outshot Anaheim despite losing the game and completely dominated Edmonton one week ago, by outshooting them 20-0 in the second period. By comparison, the Oilers were the ones to contain the Avalanche in their own half and fired a barrage of shots at Varlamov’s net, with four of them hitting their target.
It is no rocket science to predict the winner in this match, but punters shouldn’t jump over the fence and chase some elusive spreads. Backing Minnesota to win in regulation time will double your investment with William Hill and given how competitive the National League Hockey suddenly is, these kinds of odds are not to be dismissed easily.