Avalanche vs Sharks Stanley Cup Playoffs Odds & Game 7 Preview

Written by on May 8, 2019

Buckle up NHL betting enthusiasts! You’re in for what promises to be a wild ride when the San Jose Sharks host the Colorado Avalanche and meet Wednesday in Game 7 of their second round Western Conference series at the SAP Center on Wednesday night.

With these two tams alternating wins and losses over the first six games of this series, let’s find out if that trend will continue in this affair.

Avalanche vs Sharks Stanley Cup Playoffs Odds & Game 7 Preview

Why Bet On Colorado?

Down 3-2, the Avalanche extended their season for at least one more game by getting past San Jose 4-3 in an overtime thriller in Game 6 on Monday as J.T. Compher scored a pair of goals and had one assist and Gabriel Landeskog scored the game-winner at 2:32 to lift Colorado to victory.

“I think I felt good right away. Was able to play physically right away. It’s always fun playing with this group. We believe we have what it takes,” Compher said.

Landeskog added, that, whatever line Compher was on in Game 6 made all the difference for the Avs.

“It’s deflating to take the lead and then give it up three times. But they [were] just coming and coming. And even when they weren’t scoring, they were creating chances,” Landeskog said.

Landeskog, Colorado’s team captain, also had arguably his best postseason game ever.

“Never had an OT goal in the playoffs before, so to do that on home ice, no doubt is very exciting,” said Landeskog, who has three goals in 11 games in this season’s playoffs. “And for me … I haven’t been happy with my offensive output this time of year. I haven’t been dangerous enough, I haven’t been a threat enough, so it was nice to definitely get this one tonight, and hopefully we can build off of this for Wednesday.”

Colorado has scored 16 goals through six games to average 2.6 goals per contest. The Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.

Team Statistics

  • Goals: 3.15
  • Shots: 32.72
  • PP/PK Percentage: 21.15
  • Goals: 2.95
  • Shots: 31.89
  • PP/PK Percentage: 20.90

Why Bet On San Jose?

Are the Sharks a safe bet vs the Avalanche in Game 7?

Sharks will look to reach the Western Conference Finals for the second time in the last four years with a victory in Game 7. In Game 6, the Sharks got a pair of goals from defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and another from fellow defenseman Brent Burns in the loss. Still, Sharks coach Peter DeBoer wasn’t overly critical of his team’s effort after Game 6.

“Two evenly matched teams,” DeBoer said. “What did they do tonight that we didn’t do? They found a way to get an extra goal.”

In addition to Game 7 being on their home ice, San Jose will also get a big boost from the likely return of team captain Joe Pavelski who hasn’t suited up since suffering an unrevealed injury when his head hit the ice after being cross-checked in Game 7 against Vegas. Pavelski, who led the Sharks with 38 goals in the regular season, skated with the team Monday for the first time since the injury.

“I’m not hiding anything,” DeBoer told NHL.com before the Sharks left Denver for San Jose on Tuesday. “He’s day-to-day. He’s getting better every day. We’re going to make a decision on game day whether he’s going to be available or not. I don’t have anything more for you. There’s nothing hidden. There’s no secret information here.”

Pavelski said prior to Game 6 that he was close to returning.

“Yeah, it’s a possibility, I think, and we’ll see,” Pavelski said. “But it still really is day-to-day, I think, and go from there. I wish we had a set-in-stone answer. ‘Go here, do this and be ready.’ We’re just kind of taking everything into play.”

San Jose has scored 17 goals in this series for an average of 2.8 goals per game. The Sharks have allowed three or less goals in six of their last nine games.

Team Statistics

  • Goals: 3.46
  • Shots: 32.89
  • PP/PK Percentage: 23.10
  • Goals: 3.18
  • Shots: 28.74
  • PP/PK Percentage: 19.43

Avalanche vs Sharks NHL Betting Trends

  • Colorado are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Colorado’s last 13 games on the road.
  • San Jose are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 14 of San Jose’s last 19 games against Colorado.

Expert Analysis and Prediction for Avalanche vs Sharks

Colorado has had a fantastic season after narrowly reaching the playoffs as a No. 8 seed and then upsetting top-seeded Calgary by winning four straight in stunning fashion after dropping the opener in their first round matchup against the Flames. The Avalanche have gone an impressive 13-3 in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest, while also going 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog. However, it should be remembered that the Avalanche are also an uninspiring 37-78 in their last 115 road games and just 28-71 in their last 99 games as a road underdog.

San Jose has gone 4-0 in their last 4 playoff games as a favorite of -110 to -150, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. More importantly, the Sharks are a commanding 24-4 in their last 28 home games against Colorado while the home team in this rivalry has gone 39-16 in the last 55 meetings and the favorite has gone 38-15 in the last 53 meetings. San Jose wins to continue the alternating wins and losses this series has produced while advancing to the Western Conference Finals.

2019 Stanley Cup Playoff Pick: San Jose 4 Colorado 2