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Preview: No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 8 Colorado

Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:57 am
Edited on: April 19, 2010 11:59 pm
 

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 8 Colorado Avalanche

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Sharks will win if: They play to their capabilities, which should be more than enough against a seriously overmatched opponent. Then again, meeting expectations has never been the strong suit of a team built as well as anyone to succeed at this time of year. The Sharks have become the NHL's most notorious underachievers since the lockout. That said, San Jose has four solid lines -- including one of the NHL's most dangerous in Joe Thornton , Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau -- a good balance of power and speed on defense and special teams that are among the league's best. Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has had streaks of brilliance in his career, but enough meltdowns, especially since the Olympics, to give the Sharks serious cause for concern heading into the postseason. Still, this is the best possible matchup for a team in need of a confidence boost.

The Avalanche will win if: Goalie Craig Anderson stands on his head and his young teammates do not get overwhelmed by the fact they've already achieved far more than they should have. Colorado's kiddie corps may have already figured that out, as they faded badly down the stretch and barely hung on to a playoff spot. Still, the Avs do have some offensive pop with Paul Stastny , Chris Stewart , Matt Duchene and veteran Milan Hejduk . Colorado might be able to rattle Nabokov and the Sharks if it can get to them early and steal one of the first two games on the road. San Jose can be fragile in the playoffs and any reminder of that, even by a team that has nothing to lose, could make things interesting.

Regular Season Recap

San Jose: 51-20-11, 113 points (1st, Pacific Division)

Colorado: 43-30-9, 95 points (2nd, Northwest Division)

 

Schedule
Date Location Time
Apr. 14 at San Jose 10:30 p.m.
Apr. 16 at San Jose 10:30 p.m.
Apr. 18 at Colorado 9:30 p.m.
Apr. 20 at Colorado 10 p.m.
Apr. 22 at San Jose * 10:30 p.m.
Apr. 24 at Colorado * TBD
Apr. 26 at San Jose * TBD
* if necessary

 

Season Series
Tied, 2-2
Date Result
Oct. 1 Colorado 5, San Jose 2 Recap
Oct. 30 San Jose 3, Colorado 1 Recap
Mar. 28 San Jose 4, Colorado 3 Recap
Apr. 4 Colorado 5, San Jose 4 (OT) Recap

 

Stats Comparison
Statistic SJ COL
Goals For (Avg.) 3.13 2.89
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.55 2.78
Power Play 21.0% 18.1%
Penalty Kill 85.0% 80.2%


Comments

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2010 9:36 pm
 

Preview: No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 8 Colorado

I made my picks last night and have San Jose winning this series 4-1.  This isn't the round that the Sharks choke.  That will probably come later. 


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