Erik Karlsson, Logan Couture, and the San Jose Sharks will do battle against Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, and the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in a Western Conference tilt. The game will get started at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16 and it’s being televised live on Altitude Sports & Entertainment.
San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche Odds
Colorado (-210) is currently the favorite over San Jose (+175), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 7 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -120 under, +100 over.
Losing 0.7 units for moneyline gamblers, Colorado is 25-21 straight up (SU) overall this year. That winning percentage, ranked 3rd in the Central Division in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 38-44 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Of the team’s 46 games this season, 24 have gone over the total, while 20 have gone under and just two have pushed. Thus far, the team’s 11-11 SU at home.
The Avalanche have converted on 19.4 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 24th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 77.7 percent of all penalties.
Sporting a .909 save percentage and 27.6 saves per game, Philipp Grubauer (13-14-4) has been the primary goalkeeper for Colorado this year. If Colorado chooses to rest him, however, the team might go with Pavel Francouz (12-7-7 record, .926 save percentage, 2.41 goals against average).
San Jose has lost 9.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far and is currently 21-27 straight up (SU). A total of 25 of its contests have gone under the total, while 21 have gone over and just two have pushed. The Sharks are 8-15 SU as a road team this season.
The Sharks have converted on just 17.0 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked second overall and it’s successfully killed off 87.7 percent of all opponent power plays.
Martin Jones (.890 save percentage and 3.19 goals against average) has been the main option in goal for San Jose. Jones is averaging 24.6 saves per game and owns a 13-18-2 record.
San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Under
For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their past five games.
San Jose has managed 29.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Colorado is averaging 40.6 shots per game over its last five home outings.
San Jose skaters have accounted for the league’s 12th-most hits per game (22.3).