NHL Pick: Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche Game 7

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 3:14 PM GMT

Minnesota and Colorado will meet on Wednesday night for a deciding Game 7 of their playoff series. Our NHL betting odds guru analyzes this huge contest, and offers his NHL free pick at the culmination of the article.

Nothing Like a Game 7 of a Playoff Series
The Avalanche will host the Wild on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado with the opening face-off slated for 9:35 PM ET. This will be Game 7 of their Western Conference series which is all tied up at 3-3. According to NHL betting odds, Colorado is a -140 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5. The home team has won each of the previous 6-games played in this series.

 

Wild Continue to Battle Back
The Minnesota Wild has been a resilient bunch during this playoff series. They’ve overcome 2-games to 0 and 3-games to 2 deficits to even things up on both occasions. They also had to bounce back from a pair of gut wrenching overtime losses on the road. They allowed Colorado to tie the opening game of the series with just 0:14 to play before ultimately losing in overtime. Then in Game 5 at the Pepsi Center, they once again allowed the Avalanche to tie the game in the last minute of regulation before falling in overtime. Regardless of those painful losses, the Wild has been unfazed, and have forced a 7th and deciding game in this series. They’re coming off a 5-2 home win in Game 6 which was a much closer game than the final score may have indicated. The Wild scored 2 empty net goals in the last minute of the 3rd period, after the Avalanche had pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker. Minnesota’s Zack Parise had a monster game for the Wild in the win with 1-goal and 3-assists.

 

Just Hold Serve and Advance
It sounds much simpler than it will be to accomplish, something us bettors have to keep in mind when chosing the right NHL picks. Colorado just must continue to win at home, and they will advance to the Western Conference Finals. The Avalanche is a perfect 3-0 at the Pepsi Center in this series but it certainly hasn’t been without a lack of drama. As it was alluded to earlier in this writing, they won 2 of the 3 at home in overtime. Colorado has gone a rock solid 29-15 on home ice this season. Colorado will look for goaltender Semyon Varlamov to continue his stellar play that he’s displayed in this series. Varlamov has a superb .923 save percentage in the first 6-games. They will also look to lean on star rookie Nathan MacKinnon and veteran Paul Stasny to be difference makers in this do or die game. Both MacKinnon and Stasny have been huge impact players in this series for the Avalanche.

 

NHL Betting System
Any home team playing in their 2nd half of the schedule with same season revenge stemming from a loss by 3-goals or more, and they have a money line winning percentage of .600 to .700 on the year, versus an opponent with a winning percentage of .510 to .600, has seen 50 of those 71-games (70.4%) go 'under' the total during the last 18 seasons.

Free NHL Pick: Minnesota/Colorado to go 'under' the total of 5.0