Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 8, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
San Jose, California
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +116 / San Jose Sharks -141 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks meet Wednesday in game seven of the NHL second round at the SAP Center.
The Colorado Avalanche will make a conference final for the first time since 2001-02 with a victory here. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with six goals, Mikko Rantanen has eight assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 38 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 25 goals on 346 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The San Jose Sharks will make a conference final for the second time in the last four years with a victory here. The San Jose Sharks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with nine goals, Erik Karlsson has 12 assists and Tomas Hertl has 50 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up five goals on 36 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 34 goals on 370 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or less goals in six of their last nine games.
The Avalanche are 13-3 in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog and 28-71 in their last 99 games as a road underdog. The Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite, 4-1 in their last 5 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 17-35 in the last 52 meetings. The under is 16-7-2 in Avalanche last 25 overall. The over is 9-4-1 in Sharks last 14 overall.
A team has yet to win back-to-back games in this series and the Colorado Avalanche have lost 15 of their last 23 games as a road underdog. The San Jose Sharks have won seven of their last 10 games as a home favorite and should be a lot more composed in this contest considering they just won a game seven home game against the Las Vegas Golden Knights. While momentum hasn't meant much in this series, it just feels like San Jose has been the better team for a good part of this series. I'll side with the Sharks and the reasonable price.