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The Sharks are in the basement of the West Division and have lost two in a row while the Avalanche have won two in. row.
The Avalanche had lost two straight before winning their last game and they put up six goals in a rout in their last game. The team is in third place in the West only two points back of the Vegas Golden Knights. Colorado has won both games against the Sharks this season where they won the first one 7-3 and 3-0 in the second one. The Avs have been solid on both sides of the ice, especially on defense where they rank third in the NHL only giving up an average of 2.33 goals per game.
The Sharks have lost two in a row and to say their defense struggled in those games would be an understatement. They gave up 13 goals in the two losses and for the season San Jose ranks second to last in the league giving up an average of 3.89 goals per game.
While the Avs have won their last four games against the Sharks, overall, but they have lost 23 of their last 27 games facing them in San Jose.
Not a Bad Third Period
In their last game, the Avalanche were on the road beating the Arizona Coyotes 6-2 where they were up 2-1 after the second period but blew up for four goals in the third period. Six different players for Colorado scored in the win and three players had two assists in the game where the Avs outshot the Coyotes 41-25. Philipp Grubauer (10-5 2.01 GAA) stopped 23 of 25 shots in the game and while he ranks third in the league in GAA he had given up a season high five goals in his previous start. He will get the start in this game with backup Hunter Miska (1-1-1 3.03 GAA) out.
Mikko Rantanen leads the Colorado attack with eight goals and Joonas Donskoi, Nazem Kadri, and Brandon Saad have all tallied six goals. Rantanen only has one goal in his last five games but in that span has racked up six assists and had two of them in the last game. Nathan MacKinnon leads the team with 20 points (5 goals 15 assists), scored a goal in the last game, and has two goals and three assists in his last five games.
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The Avs are 6-3-1 on the road this season.
Season High Does Not Cut It
In their last game, the Sharks were at home and scored a season high six goals, but it was not enough in a 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Blues. The team had the lead four times in the loss but they gave up three goals in the third period. Evander Kane and Timo Meier each scored twice in the losing effort where San Jose outshot the Blues 40-31. Devan Dubnyk (1-4-1 3.46 GAA) did not have the best game in between the pipes giving up seven goals on 31 shots. #1 G Martin Jones (6-5-1 3.85 GAA) will likely get the call in this game and he has given up seven goals in his last two starts, which were both San Jose losses.
While putting up six goals in their last game the Sharks attack has not been a very good one on the season putting up an average of 2.72 goals per game. Logan Couture leads the team with 11 goals and 18 points, scored in the last game, and has four goals and an assist in his last three games. Kane ranks second on the team with 15 points and he has three goals and three assists in his last three games.
On the season the Sharks are only 1-3-0 at home.
The San Jose Sharks are:
- 2-5 in their last 7 overall
- 1-6 in their last 7 home games
- 1-5 in their last 6 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game
The Colorado Avalanche are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game
- 20-8 in their last 28 road games
- 37-18 in their last 55 vs. a team with a losing record
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Avs have had little success on the road facing the Sharks in the last few years but that will not be the case in this game. They are coming off a win where they scored six goals and will be facing a San Jose squad that ranks second to last in the league giving up 3.89 goals per game, gave up seven goals in their last game, and have given up 13 goals in their last two games. Colorado was at home in winning both games against the Sharks where in the first one their offense took over in a 7-3 win and in the second one the defense was stellar in a 3-0 shutout win. The Avs’ attack will be solid again in this game and while the Sharks will put up a fight Colorado will get the W for their third win in a row.
Want another opinion on this pick?
Full-Game Total Pick
I am leaning towards the Over in this game and that is not a tough call. The Avs scored six points in their last game while the Sharks have given up 13 goals in their last two games. On top of that, in the last 24 games between these teams the Over record is 16-6-2. Oh yeah, to go even further the Over record is 11-2-1 in the last 14 games between these teams in San Jose. Colorado’s attack will be solid in this game scoring multiple goals but I see the Sharks also having a pretty good game on the attack. This game will be a high scoring one, which is why the Over is the smart pick.