Two of the top reasons why the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been among the best in history are the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks. In the first round the Avalanche opened as decided underdogs as an eighth seed against the top seeded Calgary Flames yet prevailed in a five-game series upset. Meanwhile the Sharks needed an overtime shorthanded goal in game six at Vegas just to bring home a seventh game. And in that game seven they rallied from a 3-0 deficit midway through the third period to win an overtime thriller that will be remembered for years. Now these two teams have to shake off that first round success as game one of the Western Conference semifinal beckons!
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- Date and Time: Friday, April 26, 2019, 10 p.m. ET
- Location: SAP Center, San Jose, California
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- Avalanche vs. Sharks TV Coverage: NBCSN
Colorado dispatched of the Calgary Flames in five games and was clearly the better team in doing so. The longer the series went on the more evident it was that the Avalanche were superior and that the seedings were virtually meaningless.
As for San Jose the big question will be emotion. Their historic series win over Vegas was truly one for the ages. Now the question is if the Sharks will use that as fuel for a deep run or will they be running on empty.
Colorado has been an up and down road team with an even 4-4 split in their last eight road games. The Avs did win their last two road matchups at Calgary in the first round. Only one of their last 10 away matchups have gone over the total.
San Jose has been in good recent form at the Shark Tank with five wins in their last seven games on home ice. Nine of the Sharks last ten home tilts have gone over the total.
Head to Head
San Jose has had the better of this head to head series with four consecutive wins over the Avalanche, including a perfect three out of three this season. Six of the last seven between these teams have gone over the total.
And at the Shark Tank, San Jose has totally bossed the payout window with 18 wins in their last 20 home matchups against the Avalanche. Nine of the last ten between these clubs at San Jose have gone over the total.
Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon has been one of the best players in the entire playoffs with three goals and five assists. Right wing Mikko Rantanen has lit the lamp five times to go with four assists and a plus three. Defenseman Tyson Barrie has five assists and a plus two as an effective power play quarterback.
San Jose centers Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl each have six goals with two assists in the playoffs. Hertl scored the shorthanded overtime game winner at Vegas in game six.
Phillip Grubauer has posted a sparkling .939 save percentage in the playoffs for Colorado. San Jose’s Martin Jones has recovered from a poor start to stand at .904 for his playoff save percentage with clutch play when it mattered most against Vegas.
Avalanche vs. Sharks Free Picks
The Shark Tank should be in a frenzy for this one. Look for the Sharks to ride the momentum of their first-round success.
Avalanche vs. Sharks Free Pick: Bet the San Jose Sharks
Avalanche vs. Sharks score Prediction: Sharks 4, Avalanche 2
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