San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche - 3/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Colorado Avalanche (40-19-8) at San Jose Sharks (29-34-5)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 10:00 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
The Line: San Jose Sharks +140 / Colorado Avalanche -155 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks meet Sunday in NHL action at the SAP Center.
The Colorado Avalanche look for a win after winning seven of their last nine games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 34 goals, Cale Makar has 35 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 137 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 90 goals on 1,067 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed 69 goals on 904 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in 14 of their last 17 games.
The San Jose Sharks look for a win after splitting their last six games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with 24 goals, Erik Karlsson has 34 assists and Brent Burns has 213 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 86.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 84 goals on 903 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 114 goals on 1,115 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 21 games.
The Avalanche are 9-1 in their last 10 road games, 13-5 in their last 18 games as a favorite and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The Sharks are 2-6 in their last 8 games as an underdog, 3-9 in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-5 in their last 5 Sunday games. The under is 13-3 in Avalanche last 16 overall. The under is 6-2 in Sharks last 8 overall. The Avalanche are 3-23 in the last 26 meetings in San Jose and 13-27 in the last 40 meetings.
These teams are heading in opposite directions as we head down the home stretch and the trends heavily favor the road team. The Colorado Avalanche are not only playing some of their best hockey of the season, but they've done some of their best work on the road and have feasted in the favorite role. The San Jose Sharks don't handle back to backs well and confidence can't be all that high after losing to Ottawa last night. I'll side with the Colorado Avalanche and the reasonable price.