NHL Picks: Avalanche vs. Sharks

David Lawrence

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:46 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 2:46 PM UTC

The Sharks are dead in the water right now, but will a matchup against a weak Colorado Avalanche squad be just what San Jose needs to find their feet? How should hockey bettors approach this game with their sports picks?

Is anyone else wondering how San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan still has a job? The Sharks have never made it over the hump under McLellan’s watch and now with losses in eight of their last nine games, many question whether he’s lost the team.

On Tuesday, “his” squad will host the Colorado Avalanche and he won’t be able to keep his job much longer if he loses games like this.

Record: 54-60 (-425)

The Colorado Avalanche can win because…

The Sharks are a mess. They’ve lost eight of nine and have simply tuned out their head coach. Their once potent offense that scored 29 goals in their season-opening seven-game winning streak (4.1 per game) has packed it in. They have scored one goal or zero in seven of their last nine while totaling just 12 goals in the process. That’s pathetic.

Colorado is nothing special but they are better than that. Do you really want to be laying close to -180 knowing that the team you’re betting on is an unmitigated disaster? Absolutely not, and for that reason we will not be touching them with our NHL picks in this spot.

The San Jose Sharks can win because…

The Avalanche are a mess themselves. The Avs have lost two straight and six of their last nine. It’s not as if they’ve shown any capabilities of being a dependable team to back. Colorado has the second-fewest points in the NHL's Western Conference (only Columbus is worse) and they are tied for the fewest road wins in the NHL (two).

Colorado is giving goals up in hordes these days and if the Sharks can get their offense going, they’ll be just fine. The Avs have allowed 19 goals in their last five games. The Sharks should have a huge edge in net where Antti Niemi – as under fire as he’s been all season – still has a 1.96 GAA.


Outlook & Pick

There’s no way I can lay the juice with San Jose, and I’m not going to take the Avs in any situation right now. That being the case, the under appears to be the best option for our sports picks, as the Sharks are having trouble scoring yet their goaltending continues to be strong. Take the under.

Free NHL Pick: Under 5.5 at SportsInteraction

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