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At the Rink: Sharks at Avalanche

by Rick Sadowski /

DENVER -- Something has to give Sunday when the struggling Colorado Avalanche and slumping San Jose Sharks play at Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche (3-6-1) are 1-4-1 in their past six games. The Sharks (5-5-0) have lost five of their past six games after beginning the season with four wins.

Neither team skated Sunday because of the 3 p.m. ET start.

The Avalanche are coming off a 3-2 loss Friday to the Carolina Hurricanes to end a three-game road trip. The Sharks lost 5-3 Saturday to the Dallas Stars in the first of a two-game trip.

"We know the importance of the start," Avalanche forward Alex Tanguay said Saturday. "We haven't played to the level we think we're capable of playing and now we have to fight extremely hard to get ourselves back."

The Avalanche have gone 1-for-24 on the power play in the past five games. The Sharks went 2-for-4 with the man advantage Saturday after going 0-for-13 in their previous six games.

Five of the Avalanche's seven losses have been by one goal, four in regulation and one in overtime.

Here are the projected lineups:


Joonas Donskoi -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Patrick Marleau -- Tomas Hertl -- Joel Ward

Matt Nieto -- Chris Tierney -- Tommy Wingels

Barclay Goodrow -- Ben Smith -- Mike Brown

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Matt Tennyson

Martin Jones

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Dylan DeMelo, Bryan Lerg

Injured: Logan Couture (broken leg)


Alex Tanguay -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Jarome Iginla

Gabriel Landeskog -- Matt Duchene -- Jack Skille

Dennis Everberg -- Carl Soderberg -- Blake Comeau

Cody McLeod -- John Mitchell -- Mikhail Grigorenko

Francois Beauchemin -- Erik Johnson

Nick Holden -- Tyson Barrie

Nikita Zadorov -- Nate Guenin

Semyon Varlamov

Reto Berra

Scratched: Brandon Gormley

Injured: Brad Stuart (back), Jesse Winchester (head)

Status report: Jones will start for the Sharks after Stalock played Saturday against the Stars.

Who's hot: Pavelski has three goals and one assist a four-game scoring streak. Ward has five goals and one assist in the past four games ... Tanguay has a goal in each of the past two games.

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