Where: Pepsi Center, Denver Colorado
When: Monday, May 6, 2019, 10:00 pm Eastern
We have Game Six of a Western Conference Round Two matchup to discuss when the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche meet on Monday night in Denver. San Jose has taken a 3-2 lead in this series and can close it out with a victory over the Avalanche on Monday night. I’m the Flash and will be discussing this contest with you today.
Hertl Has a Big Game Five
Tomas Hertl scored two goals and Martin Jones made 21 saves to lead the Sharks to a 2-1 victory over the Avalanche that gave the Sharks a 3-2 series lead. Hertl scored a powerplay goal in the second period, tying the Boston Bruins with 10 power play goals during the 2019 playoffs. Hertl spoke with reportersafter the game about his first two goals of this series after scoring six goals in their opening playoff series with Las Vegas.
“If you have tough game you have to just let it go,” Hertl said. “I know I can play really good. … I know the team needs me and I have to step it up. I try to every night.”
The Sharks is listing Joe Pavelski as questionable with a head injury for Monday night. This is the same injury that has kept Pavelski off the ice for this entire series. Pavelski is the Sharks Captain and leading goal scorer during the regular season.
Jones will likely get the call to patrol the cage on Monday night. Jones has been spectacular during this series, allowing 10 goals and has kicked out 92 percent of the shots he faced this series. Jones had a 14-11-1 road record during the regular season, allowing 3.14 goals per game with an 89 percent save percentage that included three shutouts.
Colorado Must Win Situation
Colorado couldn’t make the most of their many chances and now has their backs against a wall after losing game five of this series in San Jose by a score of 2-1. Tyson Jost scored his first goal of this series and Philipp Grubauer stopped 37 of 39 shots but it wasn’t enough to sink the Sharks. Colorado had three power-play chances and didn’t cash any of them while allowing their second power-play goal of this series. Head Coach Jared Bednar shared his thoughts with reporters about his Colorado charges and their effort in game five;
“I’m not going to overanalyze this. I thought we got outworked,” coach Jared Bednar said. “I felt that they were more competitive than us.”
The Avalanche isn’t reporting any significant injuries for their matchup on Monday night with the Sharks.
Grubauer did all he could in game five and will likely be in the blue circle on Monday night. Grubauer has had a good series, allowing 12 goals on 162 shots faced for 2.08 goals against average and 92 percent save percentage with one shutout this series. Grubauer was 10-5-1 in the Pepsi Center this season with a 2.65 goals against average and 91 percent save percentage with three shutouts this season.
- Avalanche are 9-1 in their last 10 home games.
- Avalanche are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a home favorite.
- Avalanche are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a favorite.
- Sharks are 2-5 in their last 7 road games.
- Sharks are 1-4 in their last 5 playoff games as an underdog of +110 to +150.