AVALANCHE (13-29-1) at SHARKS (28-16-2)
10:30 p.m. ET; ALT2, CSN-CA, NHL.TV
Avalanche team scope
Goaltender Spencer Martin will make his NHL debut in the first game of a home-and-home with the San Jose Sharks. Martin, the No. 63 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, was recalled Wednesday from San Antonio of the American Hockey League for the fourth time this season and backed up Calvin Pickard on Thursday in Colorado's 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. "I'd like to say it's just another hockey game, but obviously there's a lot more to it and a lot more pressure," Martin told the Avalanche's website Saturday. "I enjoy that. Throughout my career. I've always had my best moments in those kinds of games. So I'm excited." Martin, who was named an AHL All-Star, is 15-9-2 with a 2.62 goals-against average and .915 save percentage for San Antonio. No. 1 goaltender Semyon Varlamov will miss his second straight game and is out indefinitely with a groin injury. Forward Matt Nieto, who was claimed off waivers from San Jose on Jan. 5, will face his former team for the first time. He said he'll have extra incentive. "I think it's always that way," Nieto said. "I think all hockey players are competitive guys. I think I'll be going as hard as I can, sort of like every game but maybe with just a little more edge, for sure." The Avalanche did not have a morning skate and it's not known whether top-line right wing Rene Bourque (lower body) or defenseman Tyson Barrie (lower body) will be in the lineup. Barrie has missed one game. Bourque skated 3:31 in the first period against Anaheim and missed the final two periods. Colorado is 2-14-0 in its past 16 games.
Sharks team scope
After winning three straight games, the Sharks will try to avoid a letdown when they face the struggling Avalanche. "We've been playing some very solid hockey the last few games against some tough opponents and we have to bring that mindset in here again tonight," coach Peter DeBoer said. Sharks second-line center Logan Couture expects to see plenty of Nieto, who has been skating with Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog. "We all check the box score and see how he's doing and see that he's playing a ton," Couture said. "Still talk to him quite a bit. He's in a good spot right now where he's getting an opportunity to play. It's not fun losing for him, but we're all happy that he's successful right now." Rookie forward Timo Meier will miss his second straight game because of an upper-body injury, but he was on the ice after San Jose's morning skate and is getting better. Forward Mikkel Boedker, who was benched in the third period of San Jose's 2-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, will remain on the second line. "You just go out, do your job and make sure you compete," Boedker said. Goaltender Martin Jones will make his 40th start.
Avalanche projected lineup
Mikko Rantanen -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Rene Bourque
Gabriel Landeskog -- Matt Duchene -- Matt Nieto
Blake Comeau -- Carl Soderberg -- Jarome Iginla
Mikhail Grigorenko -- John Mitchell -- Andreas Martinsen
Fedor Tyutin -- Tyson Barrie
Nikita Zadorov -- Cody Goloubef
Francois Beauchemin -- Eric Gelinas
Scratched: Joe Colborne, Patrick Wiercioch
Injured: Erik Johnson (broken fibula), Semyon Varlamov (groin)
Sharks projected lineup
Patrick Marleau -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski
Joonas Donskoi -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker
Kevin Labanc -- Chris Tierney -- Joel Ward
Melker Karlsson -- Ryan Carpenter -- Tommy Wingels
Paul Martin -- Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon -- David Schlemko
Scratched: Tim Head, Barclay Goodrow
Injured: Timo Meier (upper body), Micheal Haley (lower body), Tomas Hertl (knee), Dylan DeMelo (broken wrist)
Hertl will miss his 30th straight game, but he's been cleared for contact since Friday and is skating at full speed. "He's getting very close," DeBoer said. "We're starting to talk about him on a daily basis, which is a good sign." Hertl took part in San Jose's morning skate. "Last two days I'm working on battles and I feel pretty good," Hertl said. "Everything is going right. Just [need to be] more comfortable with battling because skating and everything I feel like 100 percent."... If Barrie is scratched, then Wiercioch, Colorado's only extra defenseman, will be in the lineup. ... Colorado has only one extra forward on the road trip, so if Bourque can't play, Martinsen and Colborne will both be in the lineup. Colborne has played five of the past nine games, while Martinson has played three of the past seven.
Burns has four goals and eight assists in his past eight games. ... Couture has three goals in his past five games, including the game-winner against Tampa Bay. ... Duchene has a three-game point streak with two goals and two assists. ... MacKinnon has six points (two goals, four assists) over his past five games.