The San Jose Sharks (9-18-3) travel to face off against the Colorado Avalanche (18-10-2) on Sunday, December 17th. This game will be played at Ball Arena in Denver. Both the Sharks and Avalanche will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
San Jose Sharks vs Colorado Avalanche
The San Jose Sharks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Coming into their game vs. Avalanche, the Sharks have a 9-18-3 record. They hold a 6-6-2 record when playing at home, and they have gone 3-12-1 on the road. In the Western Pacific division, they are currently 7th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 14th. Looking at San Jose’s average scoring margin, it is -1.8, which has led to a puck line record of 14-16. When playing at home, their scoring margin is -1.4, and on the road, it is -2.1.
After suffering a 1-0 loss on the road to the Coyotes, the Sharks are looking to bounce back today. San Jose’s offense struggled vs. the Coyotes, failing to come up with a goal in the game. While being shutout, the Sharks’ offense finished with 3 giveaways and took a total of 21 shots on goal.
Although they didn’t win, San Jose did cover the puck line as the underdogs in the game. The game finished below the over/under line of 6 with a combined total of 1 goal.
The Colorado Avalanche Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
For the season, the Avalanche currently hold an overall record of 18-10-2. On the road, Colorado has gone 7-hey come into the game sitting 6th. Colorado heads into the game with 14 wins by more than one goal, and lost eight games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record this season is 14-16.
Following a 6-2 loss on the road to the Jets, the Avalanche are eager to bounce back. During the initial two periods, the Avalanche had trouble scoring on offense, but they turned things around by notching two goals in the third period. Out of Colorado’s two goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 32 shots on goal and had eight giveaways.
Coming in as the underdog, Colorado not only lost straight-up but also failed to cover the puck line. The combined total of 8 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.
San Jose Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Sharks come into the game at 2.1 goals per contest placing 32nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 31st position in the league. This season, the Sharks have a 1-0 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 8-18 record.
This season, the Sharks’ have an over/under record of 11-17-2. Throughout the season, they have played 19 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.
Colorado Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Avalanche come into the game at 3.5 goals per contest placing 3rd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 10th position in the league. In terms of the Avalanche’s offense during power plays, they are 13th in power play goals and 7th in shorthanded goals.
This season, the over/under record for the Avalanche’s is 16-12-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 16 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6.5. On average, their games are averaging 6.7 goals per game.
San Jose Team Defense
The Sharks’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 21st in takeaways and an average of 6.1 takeaways per contest. They hold 3rd place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.7 goals given up per game.
Colorado Team Defense
Colorado defense takes on the Sharks ranked 21st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.2 shots per game against Colorado. They alsso are 22nd in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.
Sharks vs Avalanche Trends
- In their last five road games, San Jose has averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 4. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-3 while going 5-0.
- Across the Avalanche last three home games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 4. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 0-3, while going 0-3 straight-up.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Avalanche have a straight up record of 5-5. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 7-3.
- The last three games that San Jose was favored, they have an puck line mark of 1-2 while going 1-2 straight up.
If you’re looking for a moneyline bet in this one, we have the Avalanche coming out on top. However, with the lines sitting at -287, I’d recommend looking to the spread as our projections have the Avalanche winning by more than one goal.
When it comes to a puck line pick, our choice is the Avalanche to secure the win and cover. Expect the Avalanche to dominate this one with a multi-goal win over the Sharks.
With an over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals, we like this game to remain below that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the under.
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