San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche Free Preview 1/16/20

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The San Jose Sharks, fueled by Logan Couture and Erik Karlsson, are ready to take the ice against Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, and the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in a Western Conference tilt. Altitude Sports & Entertainment will air the action, which gets going at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16.

San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche Odds

With a -210 moneyline, Colorado enters the game as the heavy favorite. The line for San Jose sits at +175, and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.

Producing -0.7 units for moneyline gamblers, Colorado is 25-21 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That winning percentage, ranked third in the Central Division so far this season, is a welcomed improvement compared to what the team managed during the 2018-19 season (38-44). Through 46 regular season contests, 24 of its games have gone over the total, while 20 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team’s 11-11 SU at home this season.

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.

Boasting a .909 save percentage and 27.6 saves per game, Philipp Grubauer (13 wins, 14 losses, and four OT losses) has been the top goalkeeper for the Avs this year. If Colorado decides to rest him, however, head coach Jared Bednar may roll 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 outings have gone under the total, while 21 have gone over and just two have pushed. As a road team, the Sharks are 8-15 SU so far.

The Sharks have converted on just 17.0 percent of their power play chances this year, 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 primary 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

Pick: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their past five matchups.
  • 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 given out the league’s 12th-most hits per game (22.3).