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Sunday, November 2nd (All times eastern)

San Jose Sharks (9-2-0) at Colorado Avalanche (5-5-0), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - While San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov has been outstanding at home this season, the 33-year-old netminder has had his struggles on the road. The Sharks hope he can reverse that trend tonight, when they visit the Colorado Avalanche and the Pepsi Center.

Nabokov made 25 saves in Thursday's 4-2 home win over Detroit. That victory improved the goaltender to a perfect 6-0-0 at home this year with a 1.83 goals against average. However, the goaltender is just 1-2-0 with a 4.57 GAA in three road starts this year.

San Jose's 9-2-0 record to begin the campaign is the best start in franchise history, but both of those setbacks have come on the road, where the club is 3-2-0. The Sharks led the NHL with 27 wins as the visiting club a season ago.

Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist on Thursday, as did Jamie McGinn, who was playing in just his second career game after getting recalled from Worcester of the American Hockey League last Monday. Those points were the first two of 20-year-old's career.

Patrick Marleau and Ryane Clowe also scored in the victory.

The Avalanche have also been a different team at home then on the road. Colorado's 4-2 loss against visiting Columbus on Thursday snapped a three-game home winning streak.

The Avs began the year with three straight defeats before rebounding with five consecutive wins. However, the club has now lost its last two.

Colorado is 3-2-0 at home this year and are allowing one fewer goal per game as the host (2.6) than on the road (3.6).

Paul Stastny, who leads Colorado with nine assists and 12 points, scored his third goal of the season in Thursday's loss, while Tyler Arnason also lit the lamp.

Andrew Raycroft, making his first start in 12 days, allowed four goals on 14 shots before he was replaced by Peter Budaj at the beginning of the third period. Budaj stopped all three shots he faced.

Budaj is 2-1-0 with a 2.07 GAA in four game homes this year compared to a 3.53 GAA in four road outings.

These two clubs have split their last eight meetings.

11/02 10:25:38 ET


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