The Sharks find themselves in an all-too-familiar position, trailing in a NHL playoff betting series after dropping a disappointing series opener at home. Now they need to make sure that the 2-1 loss in Game 1 to the Avalanche doesn’t turn into a even deeper hole like it did last year in their first-round loss to Anaheim.
The Avalanche weathered a strong start by the Sharks to keep the game scoreless and then recovered after Clowe’s goal tied it midway through the third. Half of the Avalanche lineup for the series opener never appeared in the NHL playoffs betting game until this season, including Anderson and Stewart. The Avalanche finished last in the Western Conference a year ago before turning it around under first-year coach Joe Sacco.
The Sharks are solid 64.1 percent favorites over the Colorado Avalanche. The Sharks are favored because they have a +9 edge in shots on goal and are projected for 35 shots on goal vs 26 shots for the Avalanche. The Sharks goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 89.5% compared to the Avalanche goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 89.7%.
The Avalanche are: 43-30-9
The Sharks are: 51-20-11
Avalanche more recently:
While playing on Friday’s they are 5-5
Before playing Buffalo they were 7-7-1
After playing the Sharks they are 3-7
After a win they are 4-6
Sharks more recently:
While playing on Friday’s they are 6-4
Before playing Toronto they were 4-4-1
After playing the Avalanche they are 7-3
After a loss they are 4-6
Next up: The Sharks at home vs the Avalanche, Sunday, April 18