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Wednesday, November 15th (All times eastern)

San Jose Sharks (13-6-0) at Colorado Avalanche (7-8-2), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The San Jose Sharks will try to get back in the win column when they battle the Colorado Avalanche tonight at the Pepsi Center.

The Sharks had won four straight before being dealt a setback in Los Angeles on Monday. Dustin Brown scored the game-winning goal in the third period as the Kings earned the 4-2 win at the Staples Center.

Milan Michalek and Joe Thornton each had a goal and Vesa Toskala stopped 30 shots for the Sharks, who had won six of seven coming into the contest. Michalek has registered a point in five straight games for the Sharks. He has one goal and six assists during the stretch.

Tonight marks the end of a four-game road trip for the Sharks, who are 7-4-0 as the visiting club this season.

San Jose has 26 points this year and is second in both the Western Conference and Pacific Division to Anaheim,which has 30 points.

The Avalanche hope to put the brakes on a three-game skid when they take the ice this evening. Colorado's latest setback came Monday night to visiting Edmonton. Ryan Smyth scored a pair of second-period goals to lift the Oilers to the 2-1 triumph.

Milan Hejduk scored the lone goal and Jose Theodore made 30 saves for the Avalanche, who have dropped four of their last five contests.

It was the Avalanche's 500th game in Denver since moving from Quebec in 1995.

The Sharks and Avalanche are meeting for the first time this season. San Jose won three of four matchups in 2005-06, but has lost in four of its last six trips to Denver.

11/15 10:18:24 ET


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