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San Jose Sharks

Colorado Avalanche
26-9-6 January 04, 2014, 03:00 PM | Pepsi Center 25-11-4



Colorado will try to be nasty hosts on Saturday when the San Jose Sharks pay a visit to Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche currently sport a record of 25-11-4. The Sharks are 26-9-6. Betting totals have seen the Avalanche post a 17-21-2 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Sharks have gone 21-16-4 against the number.

View San Jose Sharks vs Colorado Avalanche Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Colorado sat as 114 underdogs over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 11-rated Sharks taking on the No. 28-rated Avalanche in this contest.

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Last time out for San Jose, they were a 5-1 winner as they battled the Oilers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Sharks at -250 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Last time out for Colorado, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Flyers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Avalanche at -125 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Colorado's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 2.9 goals per game, against a Sharks defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.56 goals allowed. The Avalanche power play is averaging 17.95% while the Sharks defense kills off 82.41% of their penalties.

A few Sharks at Avalanche trends to consider:
San Jose is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Jose's last 5 games
San Jose is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of San Jose's last 10 games on the road
Colorado is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Colorado is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing San Jose
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado's last 6 games when playing at home against San Jose


Next up:
San Jose at Chicago, Sunday, January 5th
Colorado home to Calgary, Monday, January 6th

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