Sharks vs Avalanche Prediction - NHL Picks 12/31/23

Colorado Avalanche (21-11-3) vs San Jose Sharks (9-23-3)

Game Info: Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -400 / San Jose Sharks +310 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The San Jose Sharks are riding a 7-game losing streak. The Colorado Avalanche look for a win after winning 3 of their last 4 games. Let’s preview this game and give out a San Jose Sharks vs Colorado Avalanche prediction.

San Jose Sharks Betting Preview

The San Jose Sharks have lost to the Coyotes, Avalanche, Kings, Canucks, and Oilers during this streak. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.06 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Hertl leads San Jose with 12 goals, Mikael Granlund has 19 assists and Fabian Zetterlund has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 4.08 goals per game and are killing 73.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 52 goals on 518 shots faced, while Mackenzie Blackwood has given up 81 goals on 732 shots.

San Jose Sharks Player Prop Facts

  • Tomas Hertl has recorded at least one point in four of the Sharks' last five games at Ball Arena.
  • Logan Couture has recorded at least one assist in three of his last four appearances against Central Division opponents.
  • Alexander Barabanov has recorded two hits against the Avalanche this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Colorado Avalanche Betting Preview

The Colorado Avalanche split two games with the Coyotes and are coming off a win over the Blues. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.61 goals per game and are scoring on 24.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 19 goals, Cale Maker has 33 assists and Mikko Rantanen has 119 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3.03 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 83 goals on 817 shots faced, while Ivan Prosvetov has given up 22 goals on 235 shots.

Colorado Avalanche Player Prop Facts

  • Nathan MacKinnon has scored at least one goal in each of the Avalanche's last four home games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Nathan MacKinnon has scored the last goal in three of the Avalanche's last four home games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Gabriel Landeskog has recorded at least one point in each of his last seven home appearances against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Nathan MacKinnon has recorded at least one assist in each of the Avalanche's last 11 games as home favorites against Western Conference opponents.
  • Nathan MacKinnon ranks 1st in the league for Assists (37) this season.

San Jose Sharks vs Colorado Avalanche prediction

The Colorado Avalanche have made bettors money this year in the fade market, but this isn't one of those spots. The Avs play their best hockey at home, where they're 14-4 on the season, and the Sharks are back to looking like a non NHL team. The Colorado Avalanche have also won 9 of the last 10 meetings against the Sharks, and most of those games weren't close, including a 6-2 win a couple of weeks ago. Give me the Avs and the PL for max betting value.

Randy’s Pick Colorado Avalanche -1.5

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