Sharks vs Avalanche Prediction - NHL Picks 12/17/23

Colorado Avalanche (18-9-2) vs San Jose Sharks (9-18-3)

Game Info: Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -333 / San Jose Sharks +255 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche face off on Sunday in an NHL showdown at Ball Arena. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Sharks vs Avalanche prediction.

Can the Sharks Get the Offense Going? 

The Sharks offense has been an issue all season and in the last game against the Arizona Coyotes, they failed to score any goals. In two of the last three games the Sharks have scored four goals and they need to find a way to get the offense going. The Sharks are averaging 2.13 goals while their defense is giving up 3.83 goals per game. The offense and defense are both ranked 32nd in the league. The Sharks are 14th in the Western Conference with 21 points, a point above the Anaheim Ducks.

San Jose Sharks Player Prop Facts

  • Mikael Granlund has recorded at least one point in six of the Sharks' last seven games against opponents who are playing on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Mikael Granlund has recorded at least one assist in six of the Sharks' last seven games against opponents who are playing on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Tomas Hertl has the equal-most multi-goal games for the Sharks this season (2).

Avs Playing on Back to Back

The Avalanche faced off against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday and it was an awful game.  The offense scored only two goals while the defense gave up six goals on the way to the defeat. The Avs on the season is averaging 3.53 goals while their defense is giving up 3.1 goals per game. Overall this season the offense has been good, but at times the defense hasn’t been good enough and that is something they are going to need to clean up. Colorado is 6th in the West with 38 points, seven behind the conference leaders Vegas Golden Knights.

Colorado Avalanche Player Prop Facts

  • Nathan MacKinnon has scored a goal in each of the Avalanche's last four home games against Western Conference opponents.
  • Nathan MacKinnon has scored the last goal in three of the Avalanche's last four games on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Cale Makar has recorded at least one point in 27 of his last 29 appearances on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Nathan MacKinnon has recorded at least one assist in each of the Avalanche's last nine games as home favorites against Western Conference opponents.
  • Nathan MacKinnon ranks T1st in the league for multi-point games (15) this season.

Sharks vs Avalanche Betting Prediction

The Sharks have had issues this season, but this is a great spot to take them. The Avalanche are going to be playing their second game in as many nights and they really struggled on Saturday. The Sharks might only score three goals here, but that is going to be enough to get the job done. The Avalanche offense is going to struggle and the Sharks are going to secure the victory.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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