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Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Odds

Friday’s online hockey betting action offers a couple of postseason matchups to wager on. Fans looking for a late night matchup to wager on can flock to this evening’s Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks contest. The Avalanche generally shocked the sportsbook community in their opening playoff series as they advanced past the top-seeded Calgary Flames in 5. The Sharks on the other hand, needed all 7 matchups to eliminate last year’s Stanley Cup runner ups. So what can we expect out of tonight’s pairing? So let’s take a look at this evening’s sportsbook odds to find out.

Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks – Friday, April 26th     

When: 10:00 pm ET

Where: SAP Center, San Jose, California

TV: NBC

Stream: NBC Extra NHL TV

Online Hockey Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Avalanche +1½ (-235) 6 (-125) +115
Sharks -1½ (+195) 6 (+105) -135
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Colorado Avalanche          

The Avalanche has the misfortune of kicking this series off on the road. However, playing on the road didn’t faze Colorado much in their opening playoff series. Although they did drop Game 1 on the road, they bounced back by winning the last 4 in a row, two of which were on the road. So what kind of show can we expect on the ice tonight? Seeing as how Colorado is 3-6-1 in their last 10 against the Sharks, it wouldn’t be a shocker to see Avalanche kick this series off with a loss as well. One thing Colorado undeniably has going for them tonight is a clean bill of health. While they have but one player on the injury report, San Jose has a total of 4.

Players to Watch: Mikko Rantanen (5 G, 4 A, 9 PTS.), Nathan MacKinnon (3 G, 5 A, 8 PTS.), and Tyson Barrie (0 G, 5 A, 5 PTS.).

San Jose Sharks   

The Sharks swim into this contest with a bit of anxiety after their overtime win over Vegas in Game 7. At any rate, it took a lot to get past the Golden Knights in the opening round. So will that effort help San Jose build momentum or will it leave them gassed out ahead of this series? All in all we should get an inkling to this question tonight. Because San Jose finished 2nd overall in scoring but 21st in goals allowed, their path to victory lies in a strong offensive showing. On the other hand, the Avalanche finished 10th in scoring and 16th in defense. To upset the Sharks here, the Avalanche will undoubtedly need their defense to step up to the plate.

Players to Watch: Erik Karlsson (0 G, 9 A, 9 PTS.), Logan Couture (6 G, 2 A, 8 PTS.), and Tomas Hertl (6 G, 2 A, 8 PTS.).

Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Predictions

Trends

  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 12 of Colorado’s last 18 games against an opponent in the West conference.
  • Colorado is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against San Jose.
  • Colorado is 27-17 ATS on the road this season
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 6 of San Jose’s last 8 games this season.
  • San Jose is 6-3 SU in their last 9 games.
  • San Jose is 36-53 ATS this season

Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Picks

So which side should legal betting fans take in this Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks matchup? All things considered, taking the Sharks at home looks like the way to go here. Therefore, take them on the money line or to cover the spread. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 4-1 San Jose.