San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche - 4/6/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks
Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 9:30 PM (SAP Center)
San Jose Sharks -165 / Colorado Avalanche +135
TV: Altitude, NBCS-California+
The Colorado Avalanche and the San Jose Sharks meet in NHL action from the SAP Center on Saturday night.
The Colorado Avalanche will look to build on a 3-2 overtime win over Winnipeg to punch their ticket to the playoffs in their last outing. Winnipeg jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play, before Tyson Barrie cut the deficit in half with the lone goal of the 2nd period, and Carl Soderberg tied the game at two with the lone goal of the 3rd period. No winner was found in the rest of regulation, so it was off to overtime where Erik Johnson found the game-winner for the Avs 1:49 into the OT period. Phillipp Grubauer got the win to improve to 18-9-5 after stopping 34 of 36 shots faced in the winning effort.
The San Jose Sharks will look to finish the season with some momentum after a 3-2 win over Edmonton in their last outing. Edmonton jumped out to an early lead, but Marcus Sorensen and Brent Burns would score 1:12 apart to stake the Sharks a 2-1 lead after the opening period. Edmonton would tie the game early on in the 2nd before Gustav Nyqiust gave the Sharks the lead again late in the 2nd. The 3rd period would see no puck find the back of the net, leading the Sharks to the victory at the final horn. Aaron Dell got the win to improve to 10-8-4 after stopping 26 of 28 shots faced in the winning effort.
Colorado is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall and 34-74 in their last 108 road games while the under is 9-0 in their last 9 games following a win. San Jose is 2-9 in their last 11 games overall and 1-6 in their last 7 home games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. San Jose is 17-36 in the last 53 meetings between these two teams and 4-23 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams in San Jose.
I understand San Jose being favored at home, as Colorado has won just four times in the last 27 meetings between the two at the SAP Center. However, this is still a Sharks bunch that has won just twice in their last 11 games, while Colorado has done nothing but collect points, currently riding a 10-game point streak heading into this game. Colorado can also potentially climb to the first wild card spot with some help, plus I just don’t think that San Jose should be this big of a favorite, so I’ll take a shot at Colorado and the plus money here.