Colorado Avalanche (14-16-1) At San Jose Sharks (15-10-3)
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San Jose Sharks -230
Colorado Avalanche +220
The struggle of the Sharks is continued on Tuesday night in Denver. They have now lost three games consecutively and five of their last six. Sharks head coach Todd McLellan was disappointed with his offense on the road trip as they were shut out in St. Louis and managed just two goals in Chicago on Sunday night. This team was a well known offensive team for years but on this year, they have only struggled to score 75 goals, good for just 22nd in the National Hockey League. They are 14th in goals per game average but even that is considered to be low for the Sharks. They should be putting up goals every night. Against the Colorado Avalanche the other night the Sharks recovered from a late goal in the first period by scoring twice in the second period to take a 2-1 lead.
amie McGinn's seventh of the year and Dan Boyle's second were good enough to hold the lead until the 6:11 mark of the third when the Avalanche tied it.
After just about five minutes later the Sharks found themselves trailing by a goal and it was Patrick Marleau’s 11th goal for the season that tied the Sharks with only 22 seconds remaining on the clock. The game would go to a shootout and in the fifth round it was none-other-than Gabriel Landeskog that recorded the winner. Landeskog has had a solid season considering he’s a rookie for the Avalnache, posting five goals and eight assists for 13 points to go along with a +5 rating.
It’s not so bad considering he’s on a team that has only three players with a plus/minus rating over zero. Landeskog's 81 hits also lead the team. On Tuesday night the Avalanche got goals from Stefan Elliot, Daniel Winnik, and Matt Duchene. It was a power play goal for Duchene, his 11th of the season.
The Sharks and the Avalanche have split the first two games of the season series. Colorado is 17-35 their last 52 road games versus a team with a winning record at home. The Sharks are 27-9 their last 36 Thursday games. The Under is 10-2 the last 12 meetings in San Jose. The favorite is 7-2 the last nine.
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