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Where: SAP Center, San Jose California
When: Friday, April 26, 2019 10:00pm Eastern
We have a National Hockey League Western Conference semi-final matchup to consider when the Colorado Avalanche meets the San Jose Sharks in Game One of their best of seven series. Colorado arrived here be defeating top seed Calgary four games to one and the Sharks went the distance with the Las Vegas Golden Knights, winning the series four games to three. I’m the Flash and will be discussing this game for you today.
Colorado Upsets Calgary
The Avalanche accomplished something most pundits thought wouldn’t happen; they upset the Calgary Flames 4-1 and now find themselves in the Western Conference semi-finals. Mikko Rantanen leads the Avalanche in points (9) and led Colorado with five goals. Nathan MacKinnon led the Avalanche with five assists and Gabriel Landeskog led Colorado with +/- plus four during their series with the Flames.
Nathan MacKinnon a BEAST.
— x- Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) April 25, 2019
The Avalanche is listing defenseman Samuel Girard as questionable with the same shoulder injury that cost him three games during the Calgary series. Girard scored four goals with 23 helpers and +/- plus eight this season and averaged nearly 20 minutes of ice time this season.
The Avalanche special teams had a 20 percent success rate on the power play and penalty kill unit had a 77.3 percent success rate during their series with the Flames.
Philipp Graubauer will likely patrol the cage for the Avalanche and he had a tremendous series against the Flames, allowing ten goals on 162 shots faced for 2.00 goals against average and 93 percent save percentage over their five-game series with the Flames.
San Jose Fights Off Vegas
San Jose is coming off an incredible series with the Las Vegas Golden Knights, winning the series four games to three to advance to play the Avalanche. Eric Karlsson led San Jose in points (9) and assists (9), Tomas Hertl led the Sharks with five goals and a team-high plus two +/- during the Sharks seven-game series with Las Vegas.
— x – San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) April 24, 2019
The Sharks are listing some injuries with the most significant being a head injury to center Joe Pavelski, who is listed as questionable for Friday night. Pavelski scored two goals with a pair of assists with +/- minus three and averaged 20:41 minutes of ice time during their series with Las Vegas.
The San Jose special teams had a decent series against Vegas; the power play unit succeeded in scoring on 23.5 percent of its power play chances and the penalty kill unit had a 72.4 percent success rate in their first-round series with the Golden Knights.
Martin Jones will likely get the call to man the blue circle for the Sharks and he had a solid series against Vegas, allowing 20 goals in six games for 3.20 goals against average and 90 percent save percentage in the six games he played against the Golden Knights.
- Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home favorite.
- Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite of -110 to -150.
- Avalanche are 4-24 in the last 28 meetings in San Jose.
- Avalanche are 1-4 in their last 5 playoff games as an underdog of +110 to +150.
- Avalanche are 2-12 in their last 14 Conference Semifinals games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Colorado has taken their wild card and run with it but they have a huge test against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Friday night. Graubauer was fantastic against the Flames and is up against it against a side that scored an average of just over three goals against Fleury and his Golden Knights club. Jones was solid against the high octane offense of Las Vegas and should be able to handle the Avalanche offensive attack. I would also like to mention that the San Jose special teams is a bit better than the Avalanche and that is going to matter in this series. We make “Cash with the Flash” when we play the Sharks on Friday night.
Prediction: San Jose
Full-Game Total Pick
These are two high octane offenses and while the goaltenders are solid, neither is what I would call spectacular, so expect to see some goals in this game. Especially on the power play because neither penalty kill unit has been performing very well during these playoffs. I saw the following trend I think might be helpful on Friday night.
- Over is 8-0-1 in the last 9 meetings in San Jose.
We make “Cash with the Flash” when we play the over on Friday night.
Prediction: Over Six Goals