December 5th 2015 Free NHL Hockey Pick Avalanche vs Wild
12/5/15 Prediction Provided by Pucking Hockey. Expert NHL Handicapping Service. December 5th 2015 Free NHL Hockey Pick Avalanche vs Wild
Colorado Avalanche Preview
I backed Colorado to defeat the “mighty” Rangers in Colorado’s last match-up as they went on to win 2-1. Their road trip continues in Minnesota tonight, surprisingly the Avalanche have picked up the slack and are playing better hockey as of late. Ironically on the road. This will be the first game of a home-and-home with Minnesota.
Despite ranking 6th in the NHL in goals per game 2.9 goals per game, the Colorado Avalanche remain in last place in the Central Division standings.
Minnesota Wild Preview
Coming off a 1-0 victory in Toronto the Wild will look to continue finding ways to win. 1-0 over the Laffs is cause for concern in Minnesota, I know that much.
Minnesota had been just 2-4-2 over their last eight games. Things may not get easier against the surging Avalanche, however they are home on a Saturday night with a most likely ramped up fan base.
Starting Goalies Tonight
- Colorado Avalanche – TBD
- Minnesota Wild – Devan Dubnyk
Dubnyk stopped all 28 shots that he faced in the 1-0 shutout win over the Maple Leafs on Thursday. Dubnyk has won two in a row while turning aside 58 of the last 59 shots (.983 SV%) that he’s faced. Dubnyk now leads the NHL with four shutouts, he is also second in Wins (13) despite being 21st in SV% (.916) and 22nd in GAA (2.36). He will start tonight as long as his wife isn’t giving birth.
Avalanche & Wild Stats
- Colorado is second in the league in power play chances at 3.6 per game
- Minnesota has the third worst shots on goal in the league at 27.1 per game
- Minnesota gives up the second fewest power plays in the league at 2.5 per game
12/5/15 Free Hockey Pick Colorado Avalanche vs Minnesota Wild
This is not an official pick. It’s for entertaining purposes only with no rating and will not be documented.
Colorado Avalanche +135
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