AVALANCHE (40-19-8) at SHARKS (29-34-5)
10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV
The Colorado Avalanche can tie the St. Louis Blues for first place in the Central Division when they play the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Sunday.
The Avalanche trail the Blues by two points. They are 0-1-1 in their past two games after a 6-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday.
Joonas Donskoi returns to San Jose, where he started his NHL career. Donskoi scored 45 goals and had 122 points in 283 games with the Sharks from 2015-19. He signed a four-year, $15.6-million contract with Colorado on July 1.
The Sharks are 0-1-1 in their past two games after a three-game winning streak.
Players to watch
Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog has a seven-game point streak (four goals, six assists.
Sharks forward Joe Thornton will play his 1,635th NHL game to tie Scott Stevens for ninth all-time.
They said it
"We're way more consistent in the commitment to play the right way, to defend the right way, to make the right decisions with the puck. … For me, it's a more mature game, more of a 200-foot game than it's been in the past." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar on his team's attitude to battle through injuries
"We're injury-plagued right now. It's been a good opportunity for young guys to step in and show what they can do." -- Sharks goalie Aaron Dell
Avalanche projected lineup
Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Vladislav Namestnikov
Matt Nieto -- J.T. Compher -- Joonas Donskoi
Sheldon Dries -- Tyson Jost -- Valeri Nichushkin
Vladislav Kamenev -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Logan O'Connor
Ryan Graves -- Samuel Girard
Ian Cole -- Erik Johnson
Kevin Connauton -- Mark Barberio
Scratched: Nikita Zadorov
Injured: Cale Makar (upper body), Andre Burakovsky (lower body), Philipp Grubauer (lower body), Mikko Rantanen (upper body), Nazem Kadri (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body), Mark Calvert (lower body)
Sharks projected lineup
Evander Kane -- Logan Couture -- Noah Gregor
Timo Meier -- Joe Thornton -- Kevin Labanc
Melker Karlsson -- Joel Kellman -- Stefan Noesen
Marcus Sorensen -- Dylan Gambrell -- Lean Bergmann
Radim Simek -- Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Tim Heed
Nick DeSimone -- Brandon Davidson
Scratched: Antti Suomela, Alexander True, Nikolai Knyzhov
Injured: Mario Ferraro (lower body), Tomas Hertl (knee), Jacob Middleton (ankle), Dalton Prout (concussion), Erik Karlsson (broken thumb)
There are no lineup changes for the Avalanche from Friday's loss at Vancouver, Bednar said. … The Sharks did not have a morning skate.
MacKinnon has a three-game point streak (one goal, four assists). … Donskoi has two goals in his past 32 games. … Francouz is 6-1-1 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in his past eight starts.