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#1 San Jose Sharks vs. #8 Colorado Avalanche

April 14, 2010

#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

 
 
San Jose Key Numbers
Power Play: 21%
Penalty Kill: 85%
Face-off: 55.6%
Last month: 8-1-1
Major injuries: None

 
 

Colorado Key Numbers
Power Play: 18.5%
Penalty Kill: 80.1%
Face-off: 47.9%
Last ten: 3-5-2
Major injuries: Matt Duchene (day to day), Peter Mueller (day to day), David Jones
 
 

Click for predictions
 
 

Jesse Liebman:
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
 
 

Jeff Hancock:

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

 
 

Brandon Fox:

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

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