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
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
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.