Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks
|Date & Time||Saturday May 4, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
San Jose, California
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +110 / San Jose Sharks -132 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks meet Saturday in game five of the NHL second round at the SAP Center.
The Colorado Avalanche look for their fourth road playoff victory to bring home a 3-2 series lead. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with six goals, Mikko Rantanen has eight assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 33 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 20 goals on 285 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The San Jose Sharks look to rebound from a rough game four loss to snag a 3-2 series lead. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with nine goals, Erik Karlsson has 10 assists and Tomas Hertl has 39 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up five goals on 36 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 29 goals on 322 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Avalanche are 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog, 13-3 in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest and 28-70 in their last 98 games as a road underdog. The Sharks are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a home favorite, 6-2 in their last 8 games as a favorite and 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The Avalanche are 4-23 in the last 27 meetings in San Jose and 19-39 in the last 58 meetings. The under is 15-7-2 in Avalanche last 24 overall. The over is 11-1 in Sharks last 12 home games.
No team has been able to win back-to-back games in this series, so that's good news for the San Jose Sharks. The Colorado Avalanche have won three of their last four games as a road underdog, but that's just recent success, as this club has been constant fade material in these spots dating back to last season. The San Jose Sharks easily play their best hockey on their home ice and they've won 18 of their last 28 home games when favored. I'm worried about that Sharks defense, but they should be able to grind one out at home.