Where: Pepsi Center, Denver Colorado
When: Thursday, May 2, 2019, 10:00 pm Eastern
We have game four of a National Hockey League Western Conference Round Two playoff game to consider when the San Jose Sharks and Colorado meet on Thursday evening at the Pepsi Center. San Jose has a 2-1 series lead and took back their home ice advantage with a 4-2 victory over the Avalanche on Tuesday night. I’m the Flash and will be discussing this game with you today.
Sharks Take a 2-1 Series Lead
Logan Couture recorded a hat trick to lead the Sharks to a 4-2 game three victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Timo Meir chipped in with a goal and a pair of helpers in a winning San Jose cause. The win gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead and gave San Jose its home ice advantage they lost when Colorado defeated them in game two. Couture had this to say about his big game on Tuesday night.
“I’d like to lie and say it doesn’t mean something,” Couture said. “But it was special.” “We haven’t won. So I don’t care what my numbers get to be,” Couture said. “I could go this whole playoffs and have zero points and if we win the Stanley Cup I’ll be the happiest guy in this room.”
The Sharks have injury issues but the most significant being Joe Pavelski, who is listed as out for Thursday with a head injury. Pavelski led the Sharks with 39 goals in the regular season and his presence is missed in this Sharks lineup.
Martin Jones has been in goal for every San Jose playoff game this season and is likely to be in goal on Thursday night. Jones is 6-3 during these playoffs with 2.92 goals against average and 90 percent save percentage. Jones was 1-0 this season in the Pepsi Center with 4.00 goals against average and 88 percent save percentage.
Must Win Game for Avalanche
The Avalanche lost game three and now find themselves in a must-win, game four situation. Matt Nietoand Nathan MacKinnon each tallied lone goals in a losing cause. Colorado Head Coach Jared Bednar wasn’t a very happy camper and had this to say about his team;
“To me we didn’t consistently work for the puck. We didn’t talk to the puck. In turn, our execution was poor,” Bednar said. “We made some bonehead decisions with the puck, too, at times.”
Colorado isn’t reporting any significant injuries for Thursday night against San Jose.
Philipp Grubauer stopped 27 shots in game three and is 5-3 during these playoffs with 2.43 goals against average and 92 percent save percentage. Grubauer had a regular season record in the Pepsi Center of 10-5-1 this season with 2.56 goals against average and 91 percent save percentage and two shutouts during the regular season.
- Avalanche are 2-5 in their last 7 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150.
- Avalanche are 3-8 in their last 11 games as a favorite of -110 to -150.
- Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog of +110 to +150.
- Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a road underdog of +110 to +150.
- Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 overall.
- Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference.