Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks
NHL: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 9:00 PM EST
Well, it all comes down to this, as the Sharks and the Avalanche face-off in Game 7 for the right to advance to the Western Conference Finals. The Avalanche staved off elimination in winning their last game at home in overtime and no team has won two in a row in this tight series. Colorado has won a game in this series in San Jose, but they lost the last time there only scoring one goal. Like this series, the Avs have been up and down on both sides of the ice, but they have to be confident heading into this Game 7 after their win in Game 6 on home ice.
The Sharks won their last game at home with great defense and hope to do the same in this game. However, they did give up four goals in the Game 6 loss in Colorado and they have not scored more than three goals in the last four games of this series. San Jose did lose a home game in this series, but they have won 24 of their last 28 home games facing the Avalanche.
Landeskog keeps Avs alive
In Game 6 of this series in Colorado, the Avalanche beat the Sharks 4-3 in OT where Gabriel Landeskog kept the team alive in the playoffs with his first ever OT game-winning goal.
The Avs outshot the Sharks 26-22 and while they killed San Jose’s only power-play chance they were 0/3 with the extra man. Three different players for The Avalanche list the lamp including J.T. Compher, who had two goals and an assist for his first points in the series. Philipp Grubauer gave up three goals on 22 shots and after pitching a shutout in the Game 5 win he has given up five goals in his last two starts.
Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avs in both goals and points in the post-season and he had scored a goal in three straight games in this series before failing to do so in the last two games. Colorado is only 3-13 in their last 16 games as an underdog of +110-+150, which they are in this game.
Comeback falls short
In the game 6 loss, the Sharks scored a goal with on 2:28 left in regulation for the tie, but lost in OT. They gave away the puck 18 times in the game and have to avoid giving it up in this all-important Game 7. Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored two goals in the losing effort as did Brent Burns and Gustav Nyquist tallied two assists. Martin Jones gave up four goals on 26 shots and he had not given up more than two goals in his previous three starts in the series. While Jones has given up seven goals in his last two road games this game is at home where in his last start he only gave up one goal on 22 shots.
Logan Couture leads the Sharks in goals and points in the playoffs and while he has not scored in his last three games he has an assist in each of his last two games. Burns play will be key in this series finale and he had gone without a point for three straight games before scoring a goal in the Game 6 loss.
The San Jose Sharks are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite
- 4-1 in their last 5 home games
- 6-2 in their last 8 overall
The Colorado Avalanche are:
- 37-78 in their last 115 road games
- 28-71 in their last 99 games as a road underdog
- 3-12 in their last 15 Conference Semifinals games
- 3-13 in their last 16 games as an underdog of +110 to +150