Colorado Avalanche vs San Jose Sharks NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/1/21

Colorado Avalanche vs San Jose Sharks NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/1/21 Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks (20-25-5) at Colorado Avalanche (32-12-4)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Ball Arena)

The Line: Colorado Avalanche -265 / San Jose Sharks +225 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The San Jose Sharks and the Colorado Avalanche meet in NHL action from the Ball Arena on Saturday night.

The San Jose Sharks will look to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to Colorado in their last matchup. Evander Kane leads the Sharks in scoring with 42 points including a team-high 20 goals and 22 assists while Tomas Hertl and Logan couture each have 30+ points with double-digit goal and assist marks this season. Timo Meier’s on 28 points with 19 assists and Brent Burns has 20 helpers while Kevin Labanc’s got 26 points with 11 goals and 15 assists this season. As a team, San Jose is averaging 2.7 goals on 30.2 shots with a 14.6% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.4 goals on 31.4 shots with an 80.4% success rate on the PK this season.

The Colorado Avalanche will look to build on their win over the Sharks from Friday night. Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avs in scoring with 61 points including 19 goals and a team-high 42 assists while Mikko Rantanen has 55 points with a team-high 27 goals and 28 assists. Gabriel Landeskog has 47 points with 18 goals and 29 assists and Cale Makar’s got 37 points with 31 assists. Andre Burakovsky’s got 32 points with 14 goals and 18 assists and Sam Girard’s got 31 points with 26 helpers this season. As a team, Colorado is averaging 3.5 goals on 34.6 shots with a 23.5% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.5 goals on 25.6 shots with an 81.8% success rate on the PK this season.

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San Jose is 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 2-9 in their last 11 games overall while the under is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games played on no rest. Colorado is 20-7 in their last 27 home games and 8-2 in their last 10 games following a win while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games played on no rest. The over is 17-8-2 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams.

I get why the pus money would be tempting with the Sharks, but the bottom line here is that San Jose is starting to fall apart at the worst time and realistically, Colorado is starting to heat up and need to keep building wins to build momentum heading into the postseason. San Jose just looked in over their heads on Friday and I just think that the Avs are simply the better team playing better hockey here so give me Colorado on the puck line in this spot.

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Chris’s Pick Colorado -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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