San Jose Sharks at Colorado Avalanche - 3/31/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

San Jose Sharks at Colorado Avalanche - 3/31/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche (47-14-6) vs San Jose Sharks (29-28-8)

Game Info: Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -357 / San Jose Sharks +270 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Colorado Avalanche host the San Jose Sharks in Thursday NHL Action.

The San Jose Sharks come into this road contest with an overall record of 29-28-8. Through 65 games, the Sharks are 6th in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 173 times, good for a rank of 28th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, San Jose is the 18th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.11 goals per game. So far, the Sharks have a strength of schedule rating of 8th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 23rd ranked team in the NHL.

The Colorado Avalanche get set to host the San Jose Sharks with an overall record of 47-14-6. This mark places them 1st in the Central division. Through 67 games, the Avalanche have scored 255 goals, giving them an average of 3.76. This output gives them a rank of 2nd among NHL teams. On defense, Colorado is the 7th ranked unit, giving up 2.75 goals per contest. So far, the Avalanche have played the 31st toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Colorado's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 3rd in the NHL.

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Through 60 games, the San Jose Sharks goal and overall scoring leader is Timo Meier with 65 points. He has reached his mark of 30 goals, on a shooting percentage of 11.7%. So far, 40.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Tomas Hertl, who has 28 assists to go along with his 26 goals. However, when on the ice the Sharks are --1.0 in scoring differential. San Jose's top goalie is James Reimer, who is giving up an average of 2.75 goals per game. In his 39 games played, he has turned in 26 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 67 games, Colorado's leading goal scorer is Mikko Rantanen. With his 33 goals and 46 assists, he is second in overall points, coming in at 79. On the season, he is turning 14.7% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Avalanche have benefited from the strong play of Nazem Kadri, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Colorado's 67 games, he has come up with 26 goals on a shooting percentage of 11.8%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +17. Colorado's top goalie is Darcy Kuemper, who is giving up an average of 2.37 goals per game. In his 47 games played, he has turned in 28 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 -0.48. Things haven't gone any better on the road, as they are losing road games by an average of -0.32 goals. On the other side, Colorado has an average scoring margin of 1.04 goals per game. Look for the Avalanche to have no problem picking up a home win over the Sharks.

 

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Joe’s Pick Avalanche -357

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