Colorado Avalanche vs San Jose Sharks Predictions, NHL Free Pick 3/8/2020
Game: Colorado Avalanche vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Avalanche (-155) Sharks (+140)
SAP Center is the site where Martin Jones and the San Jose Sharks (29-34-4, 7th in the Pacific Division) will play the Colorado Avalanche (40-19-8, 2nd in the Central Division) on Sunday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Avalanche coming in at -155 and the Sharks are at +140. The total has been set at 5.5. The Avalanche cover 59.1% of the time, having gone 39-27 SU. San Jose is covering 41.5% of the time, going 27-38 straight up.
The Colorado Avalanche step onto the ice holding a record of 40 victories and 19 defeats, which puts them at 2nd in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 228 goals which ranks them 1st in the Western Conference and 4th in the league. Their goal differential is +46, which puts them at 3rd in the league. The Avalanche have earned a total of 88 points, which ranks them 4th in the league and 2nd in the conference. in respect to shots at the opposing goalie, they have earned a total of 2,183 which ranks them 5th in the West and 9th in the league. As a unit, Colorado has compiled a total of 1,140 hits which means they are averaging 17 per game. They have earned a total of 810 blocks for this year. The man looking after the net for Colorado is Pavel Francouz from Plzen, Czechoslovakia. He is 29 years old and has racked up 1,733 mins protecting the net this year. Francouz is surrendering 2.39 goals against average which has him sitting 4th in the West and 10th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the season, he's allowed 69 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .924 which has him sitting 3rd in the West.
The Colorado Avalanche were on the losing side of the ice with a 6 - 3 loss against the Vancouver Canucks in their last game. The Avalanche had an average offensive output in this defeat. In this game, they netted 3 of the 32 shots they looked to score on. Moreover, they had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to score a goal. Colorado racked up 10 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Avalanche was 57 and the Corsi against was 37 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 60.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 38 while the Fenwick against sat at 24, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 61.3%. They won 16 face-off wins and lost 27 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 54.2% and they had a PDO of 90.8 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Vancouver Canucks tallied 25 shots. They finished with a total of 10 minutes in the box and they tallied 3 power play opportunities.
The Sharks will be on the other side of the ice and for the year they sit with 29 victories and 34 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are currently ranked 13th in the conference and 27th in the league with -39. They have compiled a total of 174 goals for this season which puts them at 13th in the Western Conference. San Jose has a team save % of .895 which currently has them ranked 30th in the league, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They are shooting 8.7% putting them at 11th in the Western Conference. In net for San Jose is Martin Jones who is having a tough season by surrendering 2.97 goals per game and that has him ranked 25th in the West and 47th in the NHL. In the 2,302 mins he's played this year, he's given up 114 goals. He's earned a save % of .898, which has him sitting 29th in the West and 58th in the NHL.
The San Jose Sharks squared up with the Minnesota Wild in a game where the Sharks went home in defeat by a tally of 3 - 2. For this matchup, San Jose had a 63.6% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 70 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 40. Their Fenwick rate was 63.1% by notching a Fenwick of 53 and the Wild ending the game with a 31 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that San Jose had and it could be said that this team has had better games. They had a PDO of 91.2 and they earned an oZS percentage of 61.5%. The Sharks notched 2 goals of the 42 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play chances in this one and were able to net 1 out of those opportunities. In discussing the opposition, the Wild had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to put the puck in the net. San Jose gave way to 27 shots on goal and the Wild had 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take San Jose (+140)
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