NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
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