San Jose Sharks at Colorado Avalanche
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 30, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
Colorado Avalanche -116 / San Jose Sharks -105
CBC, Sportsnet, TVA, NBCS
The San Jose Sharks and the Colorado Avalanche meet in game three of their Western Conference Semifinal series from the Pepsi Center in NHL action on Tuesday night.
The San Jose Sharks will look to steal home ice back after letting the Avalanche steal game two on Sunday by a final score of 4-3.
Evander Kane opened the scoring for the Sharks with the lone goal of the opening period, giving San Jose a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Gabriel Landeskog tied the game for Colorado and Tyson Barrie gave Colorado the lead in the latter stages of the 2nd period, giving the Avs a 2-1 lead at the 2nd intermission.
The first half of the 3rd period saw no action before Matt Nieto pushed the Avalanche lead to 3-1. Brent Burns cut the deficit back to one with less than five minutes to go but Nathan MacKinnon would restore the Avs’ two goal lead with an empty-netter with just over a minute to go. Burns scored his 2nd of the game for San Jose to make it interesting, cutting the score to 4-3 with :11 to go, but that’s as close as San Jose got as the Avalanche would hold on for the victory.
Philipp Grubauer got the win for Colorado in goal, improving to 5-2-0 after stopping 31 of 34 shots faced in the win while Martin Jones fell to 5-3-0 in the losing effort for San Jose after allowing three goals on 31 shots faced in the defeat.
San Jose is 44-20 in their last 64 Tuesday games and 2-5 in their last 7 road games while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall. Colorado is 13-3 in their last 16 home games and 13-3 in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 conference semifinal games. The home team is 36-15 in the last 51 meetings between these two teams.
San Jose in an underdog role is tempting considering how talented the Sharks are from top to bottom. However, the Avalanche have been a tough team to beat on their home ice for a good part of the season and home ice has appeared to be the difference maker over the years in this matchup. I think Colorado retains home ice and takes the series lead so I’ll lay the juice with the Avalanche in this one.