Avalanche vs. Sharks NHL Pick – March 8, 2020

The Colorado Avalanche will play a back-to-back on Sunday and Monday in California. Their first stop will be in San Jose and then a short trip to Los Angeles for a meeting against the Kings. The Avalanche had the day off yesterday, while the Sharks were in action at home against the Ottawa Senators. San Jose fell in overtime, as a brilliant performance by Aaron Dell went to waste.

Dell made 36 of 38 saves for a 0.947 save percentage, but he allowed one more in than Craig Anderson who was equally up for the challenge. It’s a good win for Anderson who has suffered through a lot the past few years in Ottawa. The support has been non-existent and getting wins like that have been few and far between.

It was the second straight loss for the Sharks, as they were losers against the Wild on Thursday as well. Both losses were by a goal, so at least they were competitive games. Earlier in the season, the Sharks weren’t showing much fight and it wasn’t worth the price of admission for Sharks’ fans to go to the Shark Tank.

At least provide a competitive product, and the Sharks have been able to accomplish that. The Sharks were not only playing competitively, but they were winning before going on this three-game skid. The Sharks beat the Devils, Penguins, and Maple Leafs, but have been sinking since. The wins over the Penguins and Maple Leafs were particularly impressive.

The Sharks can register another impressive win against the Avalanche on Sunday. Colorado has looked beatable recently, as they continue to deal with a rash of injuries. They’ve lost their last two games as well, with losses against the Canucks and Ducks. The Canucks game is part of a three-game road trip for the Sharks, who will head home tomorrow night from LAX.

Prior to losing those two games, the Avalanche were on a seven-game winning streak. They still maintain a solid record of 40-19-8 to put them within 2 points of the Blues for the lead in the Central Division. We’ll see if they can get back in the win column in San Jose on Sunday. Head below for our free Avalanche vs. Sharks pick.

Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Avalanche -1.5 (+160)
  • Sharks +1.5 (-180)
Moneyline:

  • Avalanche (-160)
  • Sharks (+130)
Total Points:

  • Over 5.5 (-120)
  • Under 5.5 (+100)

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Avalanche vs. Sharks Prediction:

The Sharks are dealing with key injuries of their own and that’s not going to change by the end of the regular season. Tomas Hertl and Erik Karlsson are both gone for the year, and the Sharks have other injuries to their blueline as well. Mario Ferraro did not play yesterday against the Senators, with his status for Sunday up in the air currently. 24-year-old Jacob Middleton is out indefinitely with a knee injury, too.

The absence of Karlsson hurts even more when the supporting cast on the blueline is going down as well. I’d say that the defence has been performing quite well all things considered for the Sharks recently, though. They allowed a total of just 4 goals in regulation against the Wild and Senators, though just have a point to show for their effort. In both cases, the offence disappeared following the 5 goals they scored against the Maple Leafs.

The defence has held up reasonably well the past few weeks with 2.7 goals against in their last ten outings. However, offensively the Sharks haven’t been performing, having scored just 2.5 goals per game in those ten games. They might find it difficult to find offence against the Avalanche. The defence got ripped for 6 goals in their most recent outing, but have allowed 2 or fewer goals in seven of their last nine showings.

Pavel Francouz is coming off a brutal performance versus the Canucks. He allowed 5 goals on just 24 shots for a 0.792 save percentage. It wasn’t a terrible defensive showing by the Avs, but Francouz didn’t do his part in the crease. Having said that, Francouz has typically been rock solid and reliable for Colorado in net. He holds a 2.39 GAA and 0.924 save percentage heading into San Jose on Sunday. Francouz has been sharp on the road, with a 1.89 GAA and 0.942 save percentage in 15 games.

In his lone outing against the Sharks in his career, he turned in a terrific performance for a 1.88 GAA. The Avalanche haven’t been intimidated by playing on the road in 2019-20. They’re 17-9-6 and have recorded 3.2 goals scored and 2.46 against per game. After a discouraging performance against the Canucks, expect the Avalanche to come out with a much better effort in San Jose on Sunday. Jared Bednar likely has them ready to play against the Sharks, and Francouz will produce a strong bounce-back performance. Consider the Avalanche at the SAP Center in San Jose here.

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