NHL Picks: Avalanche vs. Wild Game 3

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, April 20, 2014 5:05 PM GMT

Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014 5:05 PM GMT

Colorado travels to Saint Paul, Minnesota for Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series which resumes on Monday. Will the Avalanche take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series?

Oh Baby it’s a Wild One
The Wild will host the Avalanche at the Excel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota on Monday with the opening face-off slated for 7:05 PM ET. This will be Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal Playoff series which is being led by Colorado 2-0. According to NHL betting odds Minnesota is a -130 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0.


Colorado’s Paul Stasny has been a Monster
When assessing exactly why the Colorado Avalanche has jumped out to a 2-0 lead in this series, there’s one obvious factor that can’t be disregarded. The play of Paul Stasny has been nothing short of prolific. Stasny has contributed 3-goals, 4-assists, and 7-points through the first 2-games. As hard as this may be to comprehend, that doesn’t even begin to tell the whole story. In the opening game of the series with Colorado down 4-3, The Avalanche pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker in the final minute of the 3rd period, and Stasny tied the game on a goal with just 0:14 to play. He wasn’t done yet, and for an encore scored the game winner 7:27 into the first overtime period. Stasny followed up that performance by having a hand in all 4 of Colorado’s goals during the Game 2 win. In that win Stasny contributed a goal and 3-assists.

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Wild Look to Recover at Home
Minnesota played well enough in Colorado to come away with a split but unfortunately for them that wasn’t the case. They squandered a golden opportunity in the series opener by blowing a 4-2 lead entering the 3rd period before eventually falling in extra time. After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in Game 2 they allowed Colorado to score 3 unanswered goals, and despite narrowing the gap to 3-2, they couldn’t break through for the tying goal, and saw the Avalanche score an empty net goal with 0:15 to play in the game for the final losing margin of 4-2. The Wild can take solace in that they return home where they’ve gone a very good 26-15 versus the money line this season.


NHL Betting System
Play on any money line home favorite during the 2nd half of the season that’s lost 3 or more games in a row, and has a winning percentage of .510 to .600. By playing on the home favorite in that exact scenario you would be 156-60 (72.2%) during the last 18 seasons.

Free Pick: Minnesota -130 over Colorado

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