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San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche - 4/26/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks
Date & Time Friday April 26, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)
Location
SAP Center
San Jose, California
The Line
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +110 / San Jose Sharks -130 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
NBCSN
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The Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks meet Friday in game one of the NHL second round at the SAP Center.

The Colorado Avalanche haven’t played in a week and are coming off a five game series against the Calgary Flames. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with five goals, Nathan MacKinnon has three assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 10 goals on 163 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in 14 of their last 16 games.

The San Jose Sharks get only a couple of days off and are fresh off a seven games series against the Vegas Golden Knights. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Hertl leads San Jose with six goals, Erik Karlsson has nine assists and Logan Couture has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 72.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up five goals on 36 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 20 goals on 209 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed four or more goals in six of their last 11 games.

The Avalanche are 4-0 in their last 4 games as an underdog, 4-0 in their last 4 playoff games as an underdog and 27-69 in their last 96 games as a road underdog. The Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home favorite, 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The Avalanche are 4-24 in the last 28 meetings in San Jose and 17-37 in the last 54 meetings. The under is 3-1-1 in Avalanche last 5 overall. The over is 8-0 in Sharks last 8 home games.

The San Jose Sharks are fresh off a very physical and mentally draining seven game series against Vegas, and it's going to be interesting to see how they respond to a quick turnaround. The Colorado Avalanche have carried over their defensive success to the postseason and are as fresh as a team can be this time of year considering they haven't played in a week. The Colorado Avalanche have split their last 16 games as an underdog. The San Jose Sharks have won six of their last nine games as a home favorite. The Sharks have won each of the last four meetings against the Avalanche and seven of the last 10, so I understand why San Jose is favored. However, the Avalanche have a serious rest advantage and have been better defensively. There's value with Colorado and the plus money on the road.

Pick:
Colorado Avalanche +110

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