This is the second match between these teams in the season. San Jose Sharks won the first match, 4:2, at Colorado. Although this match ended with over 5.5 goals the first goal was not scored until 14th minute of the match. It is strange for Colorado because they usually score or allow early goals. But, as for their mutual matches, there is a tradition of late goals. It is interesting that on three of their last six matches in the previous season the first goals were scored in the first minute of the match, while other goals on those matches were scored much later.
On the other three matches the first goals were scored even in the second or the third period. This season, the first goal was scored before 8th minute on 6 of 7 home matches of Colorado. On the other hand, on away matches of San Jose Sharks the first goals were scored three times before and after 8th minute, each. Tonight's match is the first on road for Sharks after five matches at home. On those five matches the first goal were scored twice before 8th. minute.
As for injured players, Colorado Avalanche have a lot of absent players - defenders Cohen, Cumiskey and Quincey, and forwards Galiardi, Van Der Gulik and Mueller. Sharks are only without defender Murray.
Many expect a lot of goals on this match because Colorado is one of the most efficient team in this season, but they also easily concede goals. Sharks are strange and unpredictable team, at least for me, and early first goal on this match is more interesting than total goals. As for final result, I think Sharks will not lose.
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