Colorado Avalanche (42-29-9) at San Jose Sharks (44-26-10)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 5, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks -175 / Colorado Avalanche +158 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks meet Thursday in NHL action at the SAP Center.
The Colorado Avalanche could use a nice bounce back win after losing four of their last five games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 38 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 54 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 174 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 128 goals on 1,595 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 90 goals on 1,023 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in six of their last nine games.
The San Jose Sharks look to snap out of their current funk while ending a four-game losing streak. The San Jose Sharks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 33 goals, Brent Burns has 54 assists and Joe Pavelski has 216 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 67 goals on 771 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 138 goals on 1,655 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in each of their last five games.
The Avalanche are 16-47 in their last 63 road games and 11-28 in their last 39 vs. Pacific. The Sharks are 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on 2 days rest, 7-16 in their last 23 vs. Central and 9-3 in their last 12 vs. Western Conference.
Neither of these teams are playing well heading into the final games of the regular season, but I have more confidence in the San Jose Sharks turning things around than I do the Colorado Avalanche. The Colorado Avalanche have been trash on the road all season long and have been outscored 5-11 in their last three road games overall. The San Jose Sharks need a pick me up victory before heading into the postseason. Give me the home team.