NHL Hockey Betting Preview: Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche

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This NHL hockey betting preview of the Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche game is brought to you by SBG Global where the opening line was: Avalanche - 155 , Total 5.5 Under - 130

The Minnesota Wild started the season 6-0-1 but since that time they have lost three of four including 3-1 to San Jose on Tuesday. "Overall the guys played hard," said Wild coach Jacques Lemaire, "What changed the dynamic of the game was the second goal. Backstrom made the save but the puck went back to another player and they scored. They are a top team and when you make a mistake it ends up in the net." Minnesota has only scored seven goals in their last four games but that number should go up on Thursday against a Colorado team that can't keep the puck out of their own net. SBG Global reports that early Hockey betting has the public taking Wild on the Road.

Colorado has lost four straight including 6-2 to Chicago on Tuesday. "The last 30 minutes of the game were pretty tough to watch," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "The first 30 minutes we came and played with intensity and had a chance to win." The Avalanche have given up 42 goals this season, worst in the West Conference. Goaltender Peter Budaj has given up 11 goals in the team's last two games. On the other side, Minnesota's Backstrom is 7-1-1 with a 2.06 GAA in his career against the Avalanche and went 4-1-0 with a 1.98 GAA in five starts against the Avalanche last year.

Here are the Hockey betting stats for Thursday's game. The Wild are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 day of rest. The Wild are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. the Northwest. The Wild are 2-5 in their last 7 Thursday games. The Wild are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Colorado.

The Avalanche are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. the Western Conference. The home team is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings between the two teams.

The Under is 10-2-1 in Minnesota's last 13 vs. a team with a losing record. The Under is 6-2-4 in Minnesota's last 12 games playing on 1 day of rest. The Under is 5-2-4 in Minnesota's last 11 vs. the Northwest. The Over is 7-3-2 in Minnesota's last 12 road games.

SBG Global Current Line: Avalanche - 155 , Total 5.5 Under - 125

The Over is 5-1 in Colorado's last 6 Thursday games. The Under is 4-1 in Colorado's last 5 vs. the Northwest. The Over is 10-3-1 in Colorado's last 14 home games. The Over is 14-5-4 in Colorado's last 23 overall. The Over is 15-7-4 in the last 26 meetings in Colorado.

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