Free NHL Picks Today: Colorado Avalanche vs Minnesota Wild 3/29/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Colorado Avalanche vs Minnesota Wild 3/29/23
Wed 29th March 2023

The Colorado Avalanche (44-23-6) will be looking to add to their winning run when they welcome the Minnesota Wild (43-22-9) at Ball Arena on Wednesday. Minnesota is coming off a 5-1 win over the Kraken on Monday.

The Wild committed six penalties in the game, though they held Seattle without a power play goal. Matt Boldy led the Wild with a hat trick. Marc-Andre Fleury had a great performance with 35 saves (.972%) in the win.

Colorado won their third in a row, beating the Ducks 5-1 on Monday. Five players found the net for the Avalanche. Jonas Johansson saved 29 of 30 shots in the win (.966%).


The Avalanche have won both games between the teams this season, including a 3-2 victory in their most recent meeting in February. Nathan MacKinnon (1G 1A) and Devon Toews (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Colorado. Mats Zuccarello led Minnesota with two points (0G 2A). Alexandar Georgiev got the win, saving 41 of 43 shots (.953%).


Minnesota is averaging 2.93 goals per game for the season, 23rd in the NHL, and they are taking on an Avalanche team that is allowing 2.71 goals a game (6th).

Meanwhile, Colorado has found the net 3.27 times a game on average, 14th in the league, and the Wild are holding opponents to 2.62 goals per game (3rd).

The Avalanche’s 25.65% power play percentage is the fourth-best in the league, while the Wild rank 10th with a conversion rate of 22.03%. When it comes to penalty killing, Minnesota has the league’s 13th-ranked PK% at 80.60%, while Colorado is 16th at 79.28%.


With 74 points this season, Kirill Kaprizov is the top skater for the Wild. He is among the league leaders with 39 goals (10th) and has added 35 assists. In the net, Filip Gustavsson (19-9-5) is Minnesota’s top goaltender by goals against average.

He has a 2.01 GAA, second-best in the league, and a .932% save percentage, also second-best. Fleury (24-13-4) leads the Wild in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 2.81 and a save percentage of .909%.

MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen lead the Avalanche in scoring with 95 and 88 points, respectively. MacKinnon ranks sixth in the league in points scored on the season. He has 32 goals and 63 assists (7th), while Rantanen has 48 goals (3rd) and 40 assists () in 73 games.

Pavel Francouz (7-7-1) has the best goals against average for Colorado at 2.53. He has a save percentage of .919%. Georgiev (34-15-5) has played the most games in net for the Avalanche this season. He has a 2.54 GAA and a .919% save percentage, fifth-best in the league.


Minnesota is 19-11-6 on the road this season. Colorado is 20-12-5 at home this season.

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Colorado Avalanche (-160)

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