AVALANCHE at SHARKS
7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
San Jose leads best-of-7 series 1-0
The San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche will play Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center on Sunday.
The Sharks, who won Game 1 5-2, are 9-2 when they win the first two games of a Stanley Cup Playoff series.
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The Avalanche, who lost Game 1 to the Calgary Flames in the first round then won the next four, are 1-4 in playoff series when losing the first two games since relocating to Colorado for the 1995-96 NHL season.
Teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-7 series are 321-51 (.863), including 3-1 this season.
Here are 5 keys for Game 2:
1. Avalanche woes at SAP Center
Colorado has two wins at SAP Center since the 2008-09 season, including playoff games (2-16-5). They have to win at least one game there to win the series.
"I think it's a tough building to play in," Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. "It's a good team. It gets loud too. I don't know. We don't think about it too much that it's too hard for us to play here, but we haven't been successful lately but we have to find a way [Sunday]."
2. Containing Burns
Sharks defenseman Brent Burns was all over the ice in Game 1. He had four points (one goal, three assists), was plus-4 and had six blocked shots in 27:20 to set the San Jose record for points in a playoff game by a defenseman, and for career playoff points by a defenseman (51), passing Dan Boyle (48).
"He's a Norris Trophy candidate; he's been great all year," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said of Burns. "The last three games of the [seven-game Vegas Golden Knights first-round] series and [against Nathan] MacKinnon [on Friday] night, [Burns] has been all-world defensively. He's been invaluable for us in doing what he does and doing what we in our room know he is capable of doing and playing at a really high level."
Video: COL@SJS, Gm1: Burns tallies goal off defender
3. Thornton line
The Sharks forward line of Marcus Sorensen, Joe Thornton and Kevin Labanc had five points (two goals, three assists), seven shots on goal and was plus-8 in Game 1.
In the playoffs, Sorensen has four assists, Thornton has six points (two goals, four assists), and Labanc has six points (three goals, three assists).
"I think [the line was formed] maybe a couple of weeks before the All-Star break (in January) and we did pretty well together," Labanc said. "We just have such great chemistry, I think. We're moving the puck well, we know where we are going to be, and that's why our line is having so much success."
Video: COL@SJS, Gm1: Thornton beats Grubauer on odd-man rush
4. Avalanche power play
Colorado was 1-for-3 on the power play in Game 1, with three shots on goal in 5:10. In the playoffs, the Avalanche are scoring at 21.4 percent (6-for-28), including at least one goal in four of their six games.
"I liked a lot of the things we did [Friday], I liked a lot of our players, I just didn't love a lot of our guys," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "I think we all have another step that we can take in order to get back to where we were last series and where we're going to need to be in this series in order to win."
Video: COL@SJS, Gm1: Wilson redirects puck for PPG
5. Who's more desperate?
The Sharks expect the Avalanche to come out with even more intensity and know they will need to match that after a lethargic Game 1.
"I think you're going to see a different game," DeBoer said. "I think, obviously, they don't want to go down 2-0, we don't want to lose home-ice advantage, so I think every game in the series, everything starts to get ramped up a little bit more."
Avalanche projected lineup
Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Alexander Kerfoot
Colin Wilson -- Carl Soderberg -- Mikko Rantanen
Matt Calvert -- J.T. Compher -- Matt Nieto
Tyson Jost -- Gabriel Bourque -- Derick Brassard
Ian Cole -- Erik Johnson
Nikita Zadorov -- Tyson Barrie
Cale Makar -- Samuel Girard
Scratched: Mark Barberio, Ryan Graves, Sven Andrighetto, Patrik Nemeth
Sharks projected lineup
Timo Meier -- Logan Couture -- Gustav Nyquist
Evander Kane -- Tomas Hertl -- Lukas Radil
Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Kevin Labanc
Dylan Gambrell -- Barclay Goodrow -- Melker Karlsson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon -- Erik Karlsson
Joakim Ryan -- Justin Braun
Scratched: Tim Heed
Injured: Joe Pavelski (undisclosed), Joonas Donskoi (undisclosed)
Status report: Pavelski and Donskoi are each expected to miss a second straight game. ... The Avalanche changed their defense pairs at practice, and Bednar said they could use 11 forwards and seven defensemen, meaning Nemeth, who was scratched from Game 1, could play.