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San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche - 12/28/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche (17-17-1) at San Jose Sharks (17-15-2)

NHL Hockey: Monday, December 28, 2015 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)

The Line: San Jose Sharks -165 / Colorado Avalanche +155 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ALT, CSNCAL

The Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks square off Monday night at the SAP Center.

The Colorado Avalanche look to keep rolling after winning six of their last nine games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 16 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 19 assists and Jarome Iginla has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 57 goals on 663 shots faced and Reto Berra has given up 29 goals on 374 shots. Varlamov has allowed eight goals in his last three games.

San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche - 12/28/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Jose Sharks need a big win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power plays. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 18 goals, Brent Burns has 17 assists and Patrick Marleau has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83.7 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed 63 goals on 748 shots faced and Alex Stalock has given up 24 goals on 218 shots. Jones has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.

The Avalanche are 19-54 in their last 73 games playing on 0 days rest and 3-8 in their last 11 Monday games. The Sharks are 26-11 in their last 37 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-6 in their last 7 home games. The Avalanche are 5-21-1 in the last 27 meetings in San Jose and 17-35 in the last 52 meetings overall.

The Sharks are well rested and catching the Avalanche on the end of a back to back. Not to mention Colorado has had zero success playing in San Jose for as long as I can remember. Juice is a little steep but the Sharks should have little trouble here. 

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San Jose Sharks -165

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