Colorado Eyes 20th Road Win
Colorado has a chance to become the first team in the Western Conference to record 20 road wins and the Avalanche go for the milestone against a San Jose team that has a losing record at home.
Leading scorer Nazem Kadri has been held without a point in three of the Avalanche’s last four games, but Mikko Rantanen has had more success recently with two points in three of the last four contests.
Colorado (+400) has the best odds to win the Stanley Cup while San Jose checks in at +20000.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and NHL odds for Avalanche vs Sharks. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Avalanche Tweak Roster with Pair of trades
Although the Avalanche has the best record in the NHL, that hasn’t stopped them from being active in the trade market.
With defensemen Samuel Girard and Bowen Byram both sidelined, Colorado acquired Josh Manson from Anaheim for prospect Drew Helleson and a second-round pick in the 2023 draft. The next day, Tyson Jost, a former first-round pick by the Avalanche, was dealt to Minnesota for center Nico Sturm.
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Manson became the 31st skater to see the ice this season for Colorado. Sturm will become the 32nd.
Logan O’Connor and Erik Johnson are the only players to appear in every game this season.
The Avalanche lost Gabriel Landeskog, the team leader with 30 goals, to a knee injury that would have resulted in lineup changes even without the new additions.
Colorado is favored according to the NHL betting lines for the 23rd straight road game.
Sharks Need Some Offensive Bite
Wonder why the San Jose Sharks are fading in the Western Conference standings?
San Jose is averaging the fewest goals per game (2.07) in the NHL since the start of February. The number could be even more frightening if not for Logan Couture’s seven goals over that span, including four of the 12 power-play goals over that 14-game stretch. Only five forwards have at least two goals over those 14 games, which means that the Sharks are getting almost no production for their third and fourth lines.
The Sharks are coming off a 3-0 loss at home to Los Angeles. It was the third game against the Kings in the last four outings.
This is San Jose’s ninth game in a row playing without injured defenseman Mario Ferraro, who is second on the Sharks in time on ice per game and one of two players with at least 100 hits. Goalie Adin Hill, who has a 2.66 goals-against average, is also sidelined.
San Jose is 10 points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Four of San Jose’s last five home games finished under the Las Vegas odds total.
Avalanche vs Sharks Head-to-Head
Colorado has won five of the last six games against San Jose, including a 6-2 win on Nov. 13. The teams have split the last six games hosted by San Jose. The Sharks have been underdogs in the last four games in the series played in San Jose.
Avalanche vs Sharks Game Information
- Game: Avalanche (43-13-5) at Sharks (26-26-8)
- Location: SAP Center, San Jose, California
- Day/Time: Friday, 10:30 p.m. ET
- Television: ESPN+
Avalanche vs Sharks Betting Lines
Avalanche vs Sharks Prediction
The Sharks had to kill six power plays in Thursday’s shutout loss to the Kings. Although they lead the NHL with a 93.9 penalty-kill percentage since Feb. 1, giving the mighty Avalanche six power plays would be a recipe for disaster.
Colorado has lost three of its last five road games and has just 12 goals in those games. Generating offense will become harder without Landeskog, but with the way San Jose has been playing offensively, it shouldn’t take four or five goals to win this one.
Those who bet online might be interested to know that the odds are at -320 for at least five goals to be scored.
Look for the Avalanche to take advantage of a San Jose team that is struggling to score goals.