NHL Playoffs Betting news… The Avalanche are looking for more scoring from some of their big guns. The most notable struggles have come from rookie Matt Duchene and T.J. Galiardi, who have both yet to score goals in the series. With Peter Mueller and Milan Hejduk sidelined with injuries and not making the trip to San Jose, the Avalanche need Duchene to step up as much as the Sharks need some of their big guns.
The Sharks have only led for 22:16 in the entire series, all coming after D. Boyle’s first-period goal Tuesday. The only other leads San Jose has held came after the two overtime game-winners. But the Sharks have controlled the play for much of the series, outshooting Colorado 174-103 through four games. The Avalanche managed to pull out two wins, getting helped by a puck that bounced in off Blake’s skate for the game-winner in Game 1 and a pass by Boyle that deflected off Ryan O’Reilly’s stick and past Evgeni Nabokov in overtime in Game 3.
“It’s 2-2 and we’re going to San Jose and we’ve won there before. We know we can play there,” forward Paul Stastny said. “If you asked us at the beginning of the Hockey betting season, one-eight seed, 2-2, going into Game 5, it’s a good position to be in.” The Avalanche and Sharks have alternated wins over the first four games, with each contest being decided by one goal and Games 2, 3 and 4 all ending in overtime. Colorado’s C. Anderson has been brilliant, and San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov bounced back from a shaky night in Game 2 with a pair of excellent performances in Denver. Anderson is the reason the Avalanche are heading into Game 5 at the Shark Tank all even.
The Avalanche: 43-30-9
The Sharks: 51-20-11
The Avalanche lately:
While playing on Thursday’s they are 4-6
Before playing Buffalo they were 7-7-1
After playing the Sharks they are 3-7
After a loss they are 4-6
The Sharks lately:
While playing on Thursday’s they are 8-2
Before playing Toronto they were 4-4-1
After playing the Avalanche they are 6-4
After a win they are 5-5
The Sharks at the Avalanche, on Saturday, April 24
The Sharks are heavy 65.8 percent favorites over the Avalanche. The Sharks are favored as they have a +10 edge in shots on goal and are projected for 35 shots on goal vs 25 shots for the Avalanche. The Sharks goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 89.7% compared to the Avalanche goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 89.9%.
NHL Hockey Odds Makers have the lines at present for the Sharks -1 ½ (+125) and the Predators +1 ½(-145) and the Total –Over 5 ½ (+120) the Under 5 ½ (-140) and the Sharks are -240 and the Avalanche are +200 on the MoneyLine.