Sharks vs Avalanche Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/16/2020
Game: San Jose Sharks vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Location: Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (+176) Avalanche (-196)
Pepsi Center is the site where Philipp Grubauer and the Colorado Avalanche (25-15-6, 3rd in the Central Division) will play the San Jose Sharks (21-23-4, 6th in the Pacific Division) on Thursday. The Sharks open this matchup at +176 while the Avalanche are coming in at -196. The O/U has been set at 6.5. The Sharks cover 41.3% of the time, having gone 19-27 SU. Colorado covers 54.4% of the time, going 25-21 straight up.
The San Jose Sharks head into this game holding a record of 21 wins and 23 defeats, ranking them 6th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 127 goals which ranks them 11th in the Western Conference and 23rd in the NHL. Their goal differential is -31, ranking them 28th in the NHL. The Sharks currently have a total of 46 points, which ranks them 26th in the NHL and 13th in the conference. When looking at shots on goal, they currently have a total of 1,398 which ranks them 13th in the Western Conference and 24th in the NHL. As a team, San Jose has a total of 1,029 hits which means they are averaging 21.4 per game. They currently have a total of 530 blocks for this year. In net for San Jose is Aaron Dell from Airdrie, Alberta. He is 30 years old and has played a total of 1,121 mins in net for the campaign. Dell is giving up an average of 2.84 goals per game which puts him at 14th among West goalies and 28th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the year, he has allowed 53 goals. His save % is .909 which puts him at 17th among West goalies.
The San Jose Sharks were on the losing side of the ice with a 6 - 3 defeat against the Arizona Coyotes in their last contest. The Sharks had an average offensive outing in this defeat. In this matchup, they finished 3 of the 28 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 3 power play opportunities and were able to notch 1 goal out of those tries. San Jose racked up 4 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Sharks was 56 and the Corsi against was 56 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 37 while the Fenwick against was 45, which tells us they had a rate of 45.1%. They earned 29 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 21 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 59.3% and they had a PDO at even strength of 94.8 for this matchup. Regarding their opponent, the Arizona Coyotes racked up 40 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 6 penalty mins and they earned a total of 2 power play attempts.
The Avalanche are the team looking to add points to their total and for the current year they have 25 wins and 15 defeats. When discussing goal differential, they currently sit 2nd in the conference and 5th in the NHL with +28. They have a total of 164 goals for the year which has them ranked at 1st in the Western Conference. Colorado has a team save % of .909 which currently has them sitting 10th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a shooting percentage of 10.8% putting them at 1st in the West. In net for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer who is having a bad year by surrendering 2.92 goals per game and that has him ranked 18th in the West and 35th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,540 minutes he's been on the ice, he has surrendered 75 goals. He has a save % of .909, which puts him at 18th in the West and 32nd in the NHL among goalies.
The Colorado Avalanche squared up with the Dallas Stars in an outing where the Avalanche took the loss by a score of 3 - 2. For this game, Colorado earned a 57.3% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 67 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 50. They had a Fenwick percentage of 55.8% by earning a Fenwick of 48 and the Stars finishing with a 38 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Colorado played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. Their PDO was 97.5 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 47.6%. The Avalanche scored 2 goals of the 43 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play opportunities in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. Regarding their opponent, the Stars had 3 power play chances and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. Colorado conceded 30 shots on goal and the Stars earned a total of 9 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take San Jose (+176)
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