It looks like we’ve got another awesome night of hockey on tap as the Blue Jackets and Avalanche look to stave off playoff elimination with victories at home.
Personally, we’ll be interested spectators in the early game in Columbus (we did post an Opinion in that game for Site Supporters), but we’ll be financially invested in the nightcap in Denver.
Good luck whatever you play and enjoy what should be some great games!
Odds below are at the time we made the pick.
We haven’t had a good read on this series, losing three wagers and pushing on another through the first five games. But we feel pretty strongly that the Under 6 is the proper way to play this one for a number of reasons, so we’ll take one more crack at cashing a winning ticket in what’s otherwise been a really fun series to watch.
The Sharks were able to get to Philipp Grubauer earlier in the series, but the Avs goaltender seems to be back to the sensational form he displayed down the stretch of the regular season and in the opening round against Calgary. Grubauer has been a brick wall since the all-star break, sporting a 9-3-2 record, 1.69 GAA and .948 save percentage over the last three months of the regular season and then boasting a 2.16 GAA and .932 save percentage so far in the playoffs. He’s been particularly excellent at the Pepsi Centre, allowing just 11 goals in his final seven home starts of the season and then allowing just 7 goals through four home dates in the playoffs.
Martin Jones isn’t doing too badly for himself lately, if you haven’t noticed. The San Jose netminder has given up 2 or less in 4 of his last 5 games and 6 of 8, elevating his game when his team needed him the most. In his last 3 road starts, Jones has allowed a grand total of 5 goals on 113 shots, a stretch that began with a confidence-building 58-save effort in Game 6 of the Vegas series.
The Sharks’ offense isn’t nearly as potent on the road as it has been at home this year, and the Avs could be a bit tight playing at home in a must-win situation. If San Jose pops a couple of early ones tonight, Colorado obviously has to open up and pull out all the stops in an effort to avoid elimination, none of which are good news for our Under ticket. However, we do like the Avs in this spot (Colorado moneyline -123 was a strong consideration) and will look for the hosts to slow the pace and maintain control tonight. The Under could easily be 4-1 or 3-1-1 in this series if it weren’t for a couple of late goals that led to misleading final scores, and we think it’s the way to go here as well at this lofty total.
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