NHL Picks: Look For Sharks To Pick Up A Solid Win Over Avalanche

Bruce Webster

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 2:16 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 2:16 PM UTC

The Colorado Avalanche travel to meet the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday at the SAP Center, California. Don't miss our betting preview and get the best NHL picks for the game.

Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks
Lines: Colorado +145, San Jose -165;
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Free NHL Pick: Sharks
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The NHL odds for tonight's game as the Colorado Avalanche (26-21-3-0 SU, 31-19 PL, 22-27-1 O/U) will look to extend their winning ways as they continue a road swing with a stop in California to face the San Jose Sharks (25-18-3-1 SU, 21-26 PL, 27-16-4 O/U) Tuesday night. Colorado has won four straight games as they knocked off the Dallas Stars 3-1 on the road Saturday. San Jose had their two game win streak come to an end but recorded a point in their ninth straight game with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings Sunday night. The teams split their two earlier meetings this season, each winning on the road.


Colorado Avalanche Trying to Solidify Playoff Position
Colorado’s recent hot streak has put them in possession of the first wild card spot in the Western Conference standings. The Avalanche holds a three point edge over Nashville, who is on the outside looking in on the postseason. Colorado enters this game 7th in the league in scoring with 2.7 goals per game and 19th in goals against as they allow 2.7 per contest. The Avalanche is currently 9th with the man advantage as they score on 20 percent of their power play chances and stand 19th in penalty killing as they successfully kill off 80.4 percent of their shorthanded situations.

The Avalanche put together a solid road performance against the Stars and emerged as just the sixth visitor to skate out of Dallas with a victory. Colorado needed a hot goaltending performance in the game as the team was outshot 43-15 in the game. Late in the first period, with Nick Holden serving a minor for hooking, Carl Soderberg scored his 10th of the year shorthanded at 19:07 to give Colorado a 1-0 advantage. The goal was unassisted and the Avalanche took that 1-0 edge to the dressing room. In the second period, after Dallas knotted the score, Colorado struck again. Gabriel Landeskog put up his 11th of the year, a shorthanded tally, on an assist from Tyson Barrie at 10:12 to give the Avalanche a 2-1 edge. That was the score after 40 minutes. In the third period, Mikhail Grigorenko scored his 3rd of the year at 14:09 on an assist from Matt Duchene to give Colorado some breathing room. Semyon Varlamov stopped 42 shots to improve to 19-12-3 on the year. Calvin Pickard (2-1-0, 2.40 GAA, .922 save percentage, one shutout) is expected to get the start.

San Jose Sharks Look for Point in 10th Straight Game
San Jose struggled with an overtime loss to the Kings but they picked up a point in their ninth straight game. That has helped the Sharks take over second place in the Pacific Division as they are three points ahead of Arizona and Vancouver, who are tied for third. San Jose is 4th in the league in scoring as they put up 2.9 goals per game. The Sharks have to improve defensively as they are 23rd by allowing 2.7 goals a night. San Jose is 5th in the league with the man advantage as they cash in 21.3 percent of their power play chances. The Sharks are 23rd in the league in penalty killing as they kill off 79.3 percent of their shorthanded situations.

The Sharks battled the Kings in a tightly contested, close checking matchup between division rivals. The teams played to a scoreless first period where the Sharks were outshot 10-5. In the second period, San Jose broke the scoreless tie on Joe Pavelski’s 24th goal of the year at 3:39. Tomas Hertl and Joe Thornton assisted on the goal, which was the only one on the scoreboard for either team through 40 minutes. In the third period, the Kings tied the game with a power play marker at 6:30 of the third. The Sharks regained the lead on Logan Couture’s 3rd of the year at 11:42 with Joonas Donskoi and Melker Karlsson assisting on the marker. San Jose couldn’t hang on as Vincent Lecavalier tied the game for Los Angeles at 19:47 of the period. The Sharks lost on Marian Gaborik’s 9th of the year 4:06 into overtime. Martin Jones made 29 saves but ended up with the loss. He’s expected to get the start in net in this contest here.


Trends for Colorado:
2-5 in their last seven on the road vs. teams with a home winning percentage below .400
2-5 in their last seven on two days rest


Trends for San Jose:
4-0 in their last four when their opponent allowed two goals or less in their last game
7-1 in their last eight on one day of rest
6-1 in their last seven vs. Western Conference


Betting Analysis
San Jose hasn’t been great at home, posting a 9-12-2 mark at the SAP Center this season. Colorado has 14 road wins this season, which is tied for the fourth most in the league. The Sharks still are picking up points in the standings and that’s what is important. San Jose has good offensive players and one of the league’s top scoring blue liners in Brent Burns. For your NHL picks, look for the Sharks to pick up the victory in a tough game to snap Colorado’s win streak.

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