San Jose Sharks vs Colorado Avalanche NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/3/21

The Colorado Avalanche and the San Jose Sharks meet in NHL action from the SAP Center on Monday night.

The Colorado Avalanche will look to build on a 4-3 win over the Sharks in their last game. Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avs in scoring with 63 points including 20 goals and a team-high 43 assists while Mikko Rantanen has 57 points with a team-high 28 goals and 29 assists. Gabriel Landeskog has 47 points with 18 goals and 29 assists while Cale Makar and Sam Girard each have 25+ assists this season. As a team, Colorado is averaging 3.5 goals on 34.8 shots with a 23.5% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.4 goals on 25.5 shots with an 82.1% success rate on the PK this season.

The San Jose Sharks will look to rebound from their loss to the Avs last time out. Evander Kane leads the Sharks in scoring with 43 points including a team-high 20 goals and 23 assists while Tomas Hertl has 36 points with 16 goals and 20 assists. Logan Couture has 31 points with 17 goals and 14 assists while Brent Burns and Timo Meier each have 28 points with double-digit assist numbers this season. As a team, San Jose is averaging 2.6 goals on 29.9 shots with a 14.5% success rate on the PP while allowing 3.4 goals on 31.7 shots with an 80.1% success rate on the PK this season.

Colorado is 16-5 in their last 21 games following a win and 5-2 in their last 7 road games while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games following a win. San Jose is 2-10 in their last 12 games overall and 2-7 in their last 9 games as an underdog while the over is 8-2-1 in their last 11 home games. The over is 18-8-2 in the last 28 meetings between these two teams.

I get why a home dog is worth a look especially with the amount of money you’re getting back with San Jose. However, the Avs are simply the better team with something to play for and while that’s the case with a lot of teams, the Avs can bury teams like San Jose with offense when the Sharks can’t keep the puck out of their own net. I think that’s the case here, so give me the Avs on the puck line here.

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