Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks - 3/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks - 3/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks (26-25-8) vs Colorado Avalanche (43-13-5)

Game Info: Friday, March 18, 2022 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

Betting Odds: San Jose Sharks +200 / Colorado Avalanche -240 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The San Jose Sharks host the Colorado Avalanche in Friday NHL Action

The Colorado Avalanche come into this road contest with an overall record of 43-13-5. Through 61 games, the Avalanche are 1st in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 236 times, good for a rank of 2nd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Colorado is the 9th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.77 goals per game. So far, the Avalanche have a strength of schedule rating of 32nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 3rd ranked team in the NHL.

The San Jose Sharks get set to host the Colorado Avalanche with an overall record of 26-25-8. This mark places them 7th in the Pacific division. Through 59 games, the Sharks have scored 156 goals, giving them an average of 2.61. This output gives them a rank of 29th among NHL teams. On defense, San Jose is the 17th ranked unit, giving up 3.1 goals per contest. So far, the Sharks have played the 12th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account San Jose's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 23rd in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Colorado Avalanche leader in points is Nazem Kadri. In his team's 61 games, he has come up with 22 goals and 51 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 11.5%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +19. The team's top overall goal scorer is Gabriel Landeskog. Of his 30 goals, 23.0% have come during power play time. Colorado's top goalie is Darcy Kuemper, who is giving up an average of 2.41 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has turned in 25 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 59 games, San Jose's leading goal scorer is Tomas Hertl. With his 25 goals and 23 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 48. On the season, he is turning 15.9% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Sharks have benefited from the strong play of Timo Meier, who is the team's overall leader in points. In San Jose's 59 games, he has come up with 25 goals on a shooting percentage of 10.8%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +4.0. San Jose's top goalie is James Reimer, who is giving up an average of 2.85 goals per game. In his 35 games played, he has turned in 22 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the San Jose Sharks have a per-game scoring differential of -0.49. Things haven't gone any better at home, as they are losing home games by an average of -0.18 goals. As the San Jose Sharks get set to take on the Avalanche, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3. During this stretch, they have scored 13 goals, accounting for 43.0% of the scoring in these contests. If the Sharks hope to break out of their slump, they need to pick up their offensive play. During this stretch, they have outscored their average of 3.1 goals just 2 times. Even though the Avalanche have also been struggling on offense, I see Colorado coming to life with a big scoring night. I recommend taking the Avalanche to pick up the win.

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Joe’s Pick Avalanche -240

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