BETTING PREVIEW & PICKS:
San Jose Sharks 21-23-4 are playing Colorado Avalanche 25-15-6 on Jan 16, 2020, 9:08pm ET at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche opened at -196 in Vegas and the current line is COL -215.
The Colorado Avalanche find themselves on a four-game losing streak as they are on home ice against the San Jose Sharks. San Jose has also lost 3 out of their last 5 games so they are not playing much better at the moment.
The San Jose Sharks (21-23-4) started a three-game road trip with a loss, dropping a 6-3 decision against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday. The team is 8-12-3 when playing away from home thus far this season. Goalie Aaron Dell stopped 34 shots in their last game, taking his current line at 8-8-2 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.84 GAA and a .909 save percentage. He has never faced the Colorado Avalanche before, but is 8-7-2 against the Central Division previously with a 3.05 GAA and a .896 save percentage. The Sharks, meanwhile, are netting the 5th lowest number of goals per game (2.65), while giving up the 7th highest quantity defensively (3.29). They are 24th in power play with a 17.0% conversion rate and top of the league in penalty kill with 87.7% success rate.
The Colorado Avalanche (25-15-6) lost for the fourth consecutive time (0-2-2) after a stunning loss 3-2 in overtime by the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center on Tuesday. Colorado has lost seven of its past nine games (2-4-3), but is riding a three-game point streak on own ice (1-0-2). The team is 11-7-4 when playing in Denver for the whole season thus far. Goalie Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves versus Dallas and has now gone 12-10-4 for the rolling year with a 2.92 GAA and a .909 save percentage. He has registered a 2-1-1 career tally against the San Jose Sharks with a 2.23 GAA and a .916 save percentage. The Avalanche, meanwhile, are scoring the 3rd highest quantity of goals per game (3.57), while giving up the 12th lowest amount in their defensive zone (2.96). They are 18th in power play with a 19.4% success rate and 22nd in penalty kill with 78.6% proficiency.
I still believe this Avalanche team is one of the better teams in the NHL and this is a great spot for them to get back on track. They are still sitting 3rd in the Central Division, but have tremendous competition in the Western Conference, so will be eager to step up to win the meeting with the Sharks, who have already lost their last two trips to Denver. The Avs are 4-1 in their previous five contests versus sides from the Pacific Division. Avs -1: