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The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs get underway Thursday night and we're now left with just eight teams that can raise the Stanley Cup.
Perhaps the most shocking team still alive is the San Jose Sharks, who were down 3-0 in the third period of Game 7 against Vegas, before storming back and winning in OT. The Sharks take on the Colorado Avalanche, who handled the No. 1-seeded Flames in just five games.
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Sharks are the favorites (-136) to win the series, but Colorado has already proven that they thrive in an underdog role.
As it's always smart to hear what those in the industry have to say before placing a bet, here are some expert predictions for the second round series.
Sharks vs Avalanche Series Expert Predictions
Chris Ryan, from NJ.com, likes the Sharks in seven games. He thinks that the series will be close given how well Colorado played in the first round and how potent their offense is, but the Sharks have a great blue line that should be able to stifle the Avalanche.
NHL.com had a panel of 15 writers pick the series and final count has 12 of those 15 writers taking the Sharks to win the series. The Sharks are the only team left in the West who was a legitimate Stanley Cup contender during the regular season and it's easy to forget that the Avalanche were the last team to get into the playoffs. With home ice and the high from an incredible comeback in round one, the Sharks should be able to move on.
USA Today had four different writers pick the series and three of the four are going with the Sharks to win in either six or seven games. The general consensus here is that this will be a wildly entertaining series with plenty of goals, but the Sharks are the more complete team all around and that'll help them prevail.
Overall, that's all three of our four highlighted experts going with the Sharks to win the series and if we break it down to individual picks, 16 of 20 hockey writers believe in the Sharks to move on.
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