Sharks-Avalanche at a glance

Sharks-Avalanche at a glance
February 26, 2013, 9:45 am
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Brad Stuart has three assists and zero goals in 17 games. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Programming note: Sharks-Avalanche coverage gets underway today at 7 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live, only on Comcast SportsNet California.

Where they stand
Sharks: 8-6-3, 19 points, 4th Pacific Division, 9th Western Conference
Avalanche: 7-8-2, 16 points, 5th Northwest Division, 14th Western Conference

Vitals

Sharks
Goals per game: 2.29 (24th)
Goals-against per game: 2.18 (5th)
Power play: 17.6 percent (15th)
Penalty kill: 85.7 percent (5th)

Avalanche
Goals per game: 2.41 (22nd)
Goals-against per game: 3.00 (21st)
Power play: 14.6 percent (26th)
Penalty kill: 76.7 percent (25th)

Probable lines

Sharks

Logan Couture – Joe Thornton – Marty Havlat
Patrick Marleau – Scott Gomez – Joe Pavelski
James Sheppard – Michal Handzus – Tim Kennedy
TJ Galiardi – Adam Burish – Andrew Desjardins

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Dan Boyle
Brad Stuart – Jason Demers
Douglas Murray – Justin Braun

Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

Avalanche

Jamie McGinn – Matt Duchene – P.A. Parenteau
Gabriel Landeskog – Paul Stastny – David Jones
Cody McLeod – John Mitchell – Milan Hejduk
Patrick Bordeleau – Chuck Kobesew – Aaron Palushaj

Jan Hejda – Tyson Barrie
Stefan Elliott – Greg Zanon
Ryan O’Byrne – Matt Hunwick

Semyon Varlamov
J.S. Giguere

Keep an eye on…

Sharks: Brad Stuart. The Sharks defenseman may have to have eyes in the back of his head, should any Avalanche players want to pay him back for concussing Gabiriel Landeskog with a devastating hit on Jan. 26. Landeskog returned on Saturday after missing 11 games, and will be playing in just his third game since the injury. Stuart is San Jose’s plus/minus leader with a +7 rating.

Avalanche: Jamie McGinn. Sharks management is still likely kicking itself over letting winger McGinn go for a paltry return at last year’s trade deadline, as Daniel Winnik left in the offseason and TJ Galiardi has had very little impact. McGinn has 11 points (3g, 8a) in 17 games, and although he’s scoreless in the last three games, had five points in his three prior games, including a three-point effort against Edmonton on Feb. 16.

Last game

Sharks: The Sharks concluded a six-game road swing with a 3-1 loss in Dallas. It was San Jose’s ninth loss in the last 10 games (1-6-3). Patrick Marleau scored a power play goal in the third period, but it was not enough. Antti Niemi allowed all three goals on 28 Stars shots.

Avalanche: Colorado jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead, but could not hold on in an overtime loss in Anaheim, 4-3. Cody McLeod, P.A. Parenteau and John Mitchell scored in the loss, while J.S. Giguere made 35 saves on 39 shots.

Injuries

Sharks: Brent Burns (left leg), Ryane Clowe (suspension) and Tommy Wingels (undisclosed) are out.

Avalanche: Matt Duchene (groin) is out. Steve Downie (right knee) is out of the season. Ryan Wilson (leg) and Erik Johnson (head) are also out.

Season series

The Sharks beat Colorado in their fourth game of the season, 4-0, on Jan. 26. Thomas Greiss recorded his first professional shutout in the win, with 24 saves. Patrick Marleau had two goals.

The teams meet once more after tonight, on March 10 in Denver.

Quoteable

“I think you’ve got ups and downs, and it’s been going down a little bit too long now.” – Douglas Murray, after Saturday’s 3-1 Sharks loss in Dallas.

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