How the Colorado Avalanche match up with the San Jose Sharks in the playoffs |

How the Colorado Avalanche match up with the San Jose Sharks in the playoffs

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) in the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey playoff series Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8), r m

The Avalanche carries considerable momentum into the Western Conference quarterfinals, its first trip to Round 2 in 11 years. The Avs are an NHL-best 12-2-2 since March 17 and defeated top-seeded Calgary 4-1 in a relatively quick first-round series.

But San Jose — which won its regular-season finale April 6 to snap Colorado’s 10-game points streak (8-0-2) — also brings momentum into the second round. The Sharks trailed 3-1 in their first-round series against Vegas and rallied from a 3-0 third-period deficit to defeat the Knights in Game 7. San Jose scored four power-play goals to take a 4-3 lead before the Knights tied it to force OT in the final minute of regulation.

Barclay Goodrow’s goal with 1:41 remaining in OT on capped one of the most incredible third period/OT games in recent memory.

Both teams feel good about themselves heading into Friday’s Game 1 at the SAP Center.

The Avs will unquestionably be the fresher team. They clinched their series against Calgary last Friday, four days before San Jose eliminated Vegas. Colorado has played 319 minutes of playoff hockey, including 19 minutes of overtime against the Flames. San Jose has played 469 minutes thus far in the postseason — 49 minutes in OT.

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