#1 San Jose Sharks vs. #8 Colorado Avalanche
#1 San Jose (51-20-11, 113 pts)
#8 Colorado (43-30-9, 95 pts)
Regular season series (Series tied 2-2)
|Oct 1, 2009||San Jose 2, Colorado 5|
|Oct 30, 2009||Colorado 1, San Jose 3|
|Mar 28, 2010||Colorado 3, San Jose 4|
|Apr 4, 2010||San Jose 4, Colorado 5|
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The Sharks are the cream of the crop out west. Top to bottom, they have arguably the most solid lineup in the game. The Avs should make some noise, but it will be a pop, not a thunderclap. Matt Duchene and Co., welcome to the playoffs. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy it over the next few years.
San Jose in 4
The Sharks have been known for their postseason shortcomings the past decade. This year though? We’ll probably see it happen again…just not in the first round. Colorado has been sliding backwards the second half of the season. Potential Calder trophy candidate Matt Duchene is injured, but expected to play. We won’t know just how healthy he really is. I think Avs goalie Craig Anderson can steal a game or two, but the Sharks will be too much for the Avs.
San Jose in 5
The San Jose Sharks are hoping to avoid a visit from the ghost of playoffs past. They were eliminated in the first round last year by the Anaheim Ducks and are hoping to make a big push in the playoffs this year. And they have all the pieces to do it–balanced scoring and responsible defense. The only question is Nabokov. The Avalanche are young. Craig Anderson has had a great year in net for the Avs. Simply put, Matt Duchene and the Avalance forwards will have a hard time keeping up with the Sharks in a playoff series.
San Jose in 5