The Colorado Avalanche look to sweep the San Jose Sharks in the second leg of their two-game set tonight from Ball Arena.
Let’s take a look at this a Western Division clash from a betting perspective in our Sharks vs. Avalanche Betting preview with odds, picks and predictions for this matchup on January 28, 2021.
Sharks vs. Avalanche Betting Preview
The Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks return back to Ball Arena after the home squad Avs picked up a 7-3 blowout victory on Tuesday night. Colorado allowed the first goal midway through the opening frame before scoring three consecutive times to close out the frame, capped by forward Mikko Rantanen, who scored for his sixth consecutive game when his power-play tally made the score 3-1.
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The Avalanche picked up two more goals in the second, chasing Sharks goalie Martin Jones out of the game in favor of Devan Dubnyk, who yielded two goals on 21 shots faced.
The Sharks continue with their de facto 12-game road trip, with their previous six contests being true road games, and after tonight’s game, they will play at Gila River Arena, home of the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, AZ, while the temporary ban of sporting events continue in the Bay Area as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
You have to wonder what type of toll such as a schedule has on this team.
Sharks vs. Avalanche Odds
Here are the lines for Sharks vs. Avalanche at BetMGM.
Spread: Sharks (+1.5 -130); Avalanche (-1.5 +105)
Moneyline: Sharks (+210); Avalanche (-250)
Over/Under: Over 6.5 (+100)/Under 6.5 (-120)
Bets We Like With a Sharks Win
Patrick Marleau to Score a Goal Anytime (+525, DraftKings)
The 41-year old skater will hit a milestone tonight as he appears in his 1,731st NHL game, tying him with Ron Francis for fourth all-time in NHL games played.
While he skates on the fourth line these days, Marleau has scored 28 goals and picked up 27 assists in 75 career showdowns against Colorado. It would be a solid boost for this club if the 23-year veteran can chip in on the scoresheet for the Sharks to get even in this brief series.
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Bets We Like With an Avalanche Win
Avalanche First Period Puck-Line (-0.5 Goals +120, BetMGM)
Colorado has covered the first period puck-line in four of their last five games, with three goals scored late in the opening frame on Tuesday. The Sharks give up tons of high-danger chances, and I like for the Avalanche to score early and often again this evening.
Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome
First Period OVER 1.5 Goals (-140, BetMGM)
San Jose is 6-1 to the over in the first period, given that they allow tons of high danger scoring chances and play at a faster tempo early. The first period over has cashed in each of the last four meetings between the two clubs and I expect the same result here tonight.
Sharks vs. Avalanche Prediction
Colorado is firing on all cylinders right now. All four lines are skating hard and cashing in on quality scoring chances. I don’t expect another huge blowout this time around, but I like the Avalanche to skate away with a 4-2 decision here at home.
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