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Friday, November 30th (All times eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (13-9-1) at San Jose Sharks (11-8-4), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The San Jose Sharks try to put the brakes on a three-game losing streak this evening when they wrap up a four-game homestand against the Colorado Avalanche at the HP Pavilion.

San Jose's latest setback came on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Kings, who beat them 3-2 in a shootout. Joe Thornton and Craig Rivet both scored for the Sharks, who had won four straight before their current slide.

Evgeni Nabokov turned away 29 shots in defeat.

The Sharks, who have not lost four straight games at home since February 6- March 9, start a stretch of six games in 10 days after only playing twice in the last six. Their next three games are on the road and will make stops in Colorado, Dallas and Phoenix.

Colorado, meanwhile, enters tonight's tilt on a winning note after Milan Hejduk scored once and added two helpers to lift the Avalanche past the Edmonton Oilers, 4-2, on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.

Joe Sakic had a goal and an assist, while Brett Clark and Wojtek Wolski each scored for Colorado, which registered a season-high 43 shots to win for the second time in its last three games.

Peter Budaj made 11 saves in the win, as the Avalanche faced a season-low 13 shots on net. Budaj, who has been sharing time with Jose Theodore, will again be in net tonight.

The Avs will visit the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday before returning home to host the Sharks on Monday. Tonight's game is also the first of 12 in a row for the Avalanche against teams that aren't in the Northwest Division. Their next division game is December 23 against Vancouver.

Tonight's contest will also mark the return to San Jose for defenseman Scott Hannan. Hannan spent nine seasons with the Sharks before signing a four-year, $18 million contract with the Avalanche.

Colorado defeated the Sharks earlier in the season and has won two straight and three of the last four matchups. San Jose, though, has won five of the last eight matchups and is 3-1-1 in its last five at home in the series.

11/30 10:37:17 ET


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