The Colorado Avalanche have 70 points on the season, which has them in second place in the West Division. The Avalanche trail the Vegas Golden Knights by just four points and there is still some time to catch them and win the division title.
Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks have had a forgettable season, winning just two games in the last three weeks. The Sharks have managed to pick up just 45 points and are currently in sixth place in the division.
Avalanche Just Can’t Be Stopped
The Avalanche are now scoring 3.49 goals per game, and they have seven of them in the past two matchups with the Sharks. Colorado has a roster full of players with amazing speed and that allows the team to constantly put pressure on opponents.
Nathan MacKinnon continues to prove that he is one of the best players in hockey as he leads this team with 43 assists and 63 points. Mikko Rantanen has been a great goal-scorer for Colorado, leading the way with 28.
Where the Avalanche really wears teams down is on the power play, and San Jose can’t afford to take bad penalties on Monday night. Colorado converts nearly 24 percent of the time, and that number would be higher if MacKinnon was healthy all season.
The Avalanche will give up some goals at times, but they want to overpower teams with their offense.
Sharks Struggling to Score
San Jose does not have the offensive weapons that Colorado does, and the Sharks can’t afford for this game to turn into a high-scoring affair. The Sharks are scoring just 2.6 goals per contest and were recently shut out by the Avalanche.
Evander Kane has done his part for the Sharks, leading the team with 20 goals and 23 assists. San Jose does not have as much depth as the Avalanche and it might take a lucky bounce or two for this team to score.
Giving up goals has also been a real problem for San Jose, which has allowed nearly 3.4 goals against. The Sharks have actually been pretty good on the penalty kill, but they struggle to slow teams down at full strength.
There is also the danger of not being very motivated for this matchup as the Sharks are not going to be a playoff team.
Colorado Rolls to Another Win
Playing at home will give the Sharks a bit of an edge, but they are going to need much more help than that. San Jose just has not been able to slow down the Avalanche in the previous two games, and it should be much of the same in this one.
Colorado is going to be a playoff team, but the Avalanche don’t appear to be happy with being in second place. They are playing terrific hockey of late and this should be another great opportunity to pick up two points.
MacKinnon and Rantanen give the Avalanche a deadly one-two punch, and that duo will play a big role in leading the Avalanche to another win.
Bet the Avalanche -250 as Colorado continues its climb up the West Division standings heading into the final stretch of the season.