Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks

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The Sharks beat the Avalanche badly in their last game at home and they have dominated Colorado on home ice in the last few seasons.

After scoring six goals for their second win in a row the Colorado defense fell apart in the last game against the Sharks giving up six goals. They are 1-2 against the Sharks this season, had won four in a row facing them before the last game, and are only 4-24 in their last 29 games facing them in San Jose. Colorado has played solid defense on the season and had only given up two goals in two straight games before giving up six in the last one.

The Sharks had lost two in a row before the win over the Avs in the last game. In the two losses they gave up 13 goals and the defense has been the main issue for the team that is giving up an average of 3.79 goals per game. San Jose is in second to last place in the West Division five points back of Colorado, who is in the middle of the pack.

Defense Falls Apart

In the last game, the Avs lost to the Sharks 6-2 where they scored the first two goals but gave up six unanswered goals after that. Samuel Girard and Gabriel Landeskog each scored in the loss and Colorado was 1-4 on the power play. Philipp Grubauer (10-6 2.20 GAA) did not have his best game in between the pipes giving up five goals on only 26 shots. While he ranks eighth in the NHL in GAA he has given up five goals in two of his last three starts. Backup Hunter Miska (1-1-1 3.03 GAA) is injured so look for Grubauer to get another start.

The balanced Colorado attack has nine players that have scored in double digits in points led by Nathan MacKinnon with 21 points and he has one goal and three assists in his last five games. Mikko Rantanen leads the team with eight goals and has 18 points and he has one goal and four assists in his last five games.

The Avs are 6-4-1 on the road this season.

This Time Season High In Win

In the last game the Sharks scored a season high six goals for the second straight game but this time they got the 6-2 win. Six different players for San Jose scored in the game where they were outshot 35-27.

Martin Jones (7-5-1 3.780 GAA) got the win stopping 33 of 35 shots and had given up seven goals in his previous two starts where in the last one was yanked after giving up four goals in just over 30 minutes. Backup Devan Dubnyk (1-4-1 3.46 GAA) may get the call in this game and he was lit up for seven goals in his last start.

Evander Kane has 18 points, and he has four goals and four assists in his last four games. Logan Couture leads the Sharks in both goals (11) and points (19) and while he did not score in the last game he had an assist and had score three goals in his previous two games.

On the season, the Sharks are only 2-3-0 at home.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Sharks won the last game and have had their way with the Avs in their house in the last few seasons. They have scored a season-high six goals in each of the last two games and will likely face Colorado G Philipp Grubauer, who has been solid on the season but has given up five goals in two of his last three starts including the last one. The Avs have played good defense on the season but in their last two losses they gave up six goals in each. I see the Sharks staying hot at home and they will continue their home dominance over Colorado with a win in this game.

Prediction:
Sharks +180

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

I am leaning towards the Over in this game, as the total went Over in the last game, the Sharks have scored six goals in their last two games, and the Avs have given up six goals in two of their last four games. On top of that San Jose has given up 15 goals in their last three games. The trends really point to the Over as well, as overall the Over record is 17-6-2 in the last 25 games between these teams as well as 12-2-1 in the last 15 games between them in San Jose. Stick with the trends in this one, as this game will see a lot of scoring, so the Over is the money pick.

Prediction:
Over 6 goals