San Jose -160 over Colorado
Sharks fans are echoing the words "must win" yet again this time of year as the Sharks are down to Colorado 2-1 in this best of seven. We find it astonishing that the #1 seeded Sharks have yet to have played with the lead in this series. Their only win was in Game Two when they came back five different times to tie it and ultimately won 6-5 in OT. The first question that can be raised heading into tonight is how San Jose responds to the bizarre way that they lost game three. Yes, they outshot Colorado by wide margins the last two games, and it does appear that they have figured out the Avalanche's neutral zone trap, but can the Sharks be trusted mentally? On paper Colorado does not have near the skill of the Sharks and on top of that they are very banged up. We expect the Sharks to rebound in this pivotal Game 4. If they lose tonight we promise to NEVER pick them again. It's time for the core group of the Sharks(Thornton, Boyle, Murray, Nabakov and especially Marleau) to step up their game and earn a big win on the road. The best chance the Av's have tonight is if Craig Anderson stands on his head like he did in Game Three.