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Colorado Avalanche v Minnesota Wild Game Four Playoff Betting Preview

Posted by Ari Louis on 4/28/2014 10:03:24 AM

Game 4: Colorado Avalanche (+117) v Minnesota Wild (-129) playoff betting preview.

The Minnesota Wild are the favorites at (-1 ½) going into Game 4 against the Colorado Avalanche (+1 ½). Minnesota was one of the long shots in all of the NHL playoffs. As the West’s #7 seed, they were a (+4,000) to win the Stanley Cup. The Colorado Avalanche, despite being the West’s #2 seed, got some disrespect from odds makers. The Avalanche were (+1,400) to win the championship before the playoffs began. That means they had the fifth best odds of all Western Conference teams, despite having 112 points in the regular season. The Avalanche did look somewhat shaky in Game 1. Colorado was down two goals heading into the 3rd period. Jamie McGinn scored early in the 3rd to cut the deficit to one. Then, with 14 seconds left in the game, Paul Stastny scored to tie things up. Later in overtime, Stastny would score again, being without question the hero in Game 1. Despite the win, Colorado looked particular bad in the 2nd period. Minnesota outscored Colorado 3 to 1. The Wild got goals from Ryan Suter via the power play, Erik Haula and Kyle Brodziak. The only Avalanche 2nd period goal was from Ryan O’Reilly.

Although Game 2, did not go to overtime, nevertheless it was still a solid game. Gabriel Landeskog was the top performer of the game, scoring two goals for Colorado in the 4-2 win. However this game had theatrical dramatics in the 3rd period. With the Wild down 3 to 1, Mario Scandella scored for Minnesota to cut the lead to one, with less than 80 seconds to go in regulation. However, Paul Stastny played hero again, as he scored an empty netter to seal the deal. Stastny’s goal was a power play goal. This was the result of Minnesota’s Ryan Sutter being called for cross checking with 90 seconds left to go in the game. Ilya Bryzgalov has really struggled for Minnesota in the first two games of this series. He gave up five goals in Game 1 and in Game 2, he gave up three goals before being benched for Darcy Kuemper. Bryzgalov’s save percentage has been approximately 80 percent in this series. Such a low percentage explained why Minnesota head coach, Mike Yeo, decided to go with Darcy Kuemper in Game 3.

Game 3 was another spectacular overtime game. This time, there was very little scoring, as the Wild won 1-0. Despite the loss, goalie Semyon Varlamov was awesome for Colorado. He had 46 saves before giving up the overtime goal to Mikael Granlund. This was a must win game for Minnesota and the Wild delivered in front of their home fans. Game 4 will also be in Minnesota and the Wild certainly have the momentum with their recent overtime win. The fact the Wild are in this series is not logical. Colorado was 4th in scoring in the regular season, averaging three goals a game. This indicates Kuemper’s shutout is rather fluky. It is not likely Colorado will be held scoreless again the rest of this series. The Avalanche know if they win Game 4 in Colorado, they will be able to wrap up the series back home in Game 5. With so many great teams in the West, the Avalanche know they will need their rest for future rounds of the playoffs. Despite odds makers disrespect, Colorado is playing for a championship. Minnesota is not. Minnesota is playing for pride and they received pride by playing their best game of the season in Game 3. However, it is not likely they will be able to duplicate this performance in Game 4. The Avalanche will be on the road and they are underdogs in Game 4 according to odds makers. Nevertheless, do not be surprised if Colorado takes care of business in Game 4.

* Betting lines mentioned in this article are subject to change due to time sensitivity. Please visit the sports betting lines for up to date odds.


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