Avalanche-Sharks Series Coming to San Jose

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After a back-to-back game in Denver, the Colorado Avalanche continues its four games against the San Jose Sharks on Monday at the SAP Center.

Colorado (33-12-4) beat the Sharks for the second straight game Saturday by a 4-3 score, extending their home points streak to 15 games, the second longest streak in franchise history. (tied). Conor Timmins recorded two assists for the first multi-point game of his career, while Mikko Rantanen (one goal, one assist) and Nathan MacKinnon (one goal, one assist) each finished with two nights of points. Patrik Nemeth scored, his first point since his acquisition by the Avs on April 9, and the goalkeeper Devan Dubnyk won his third win with the club, stopping 22 of 25 shots.

For San Jose, Tomas Hertl had one goal and one assist for his third night of two points in the last four games, with Alexander Barabanov (one goal, one assist) also contributing to a multipoint effort – the first of his career. Logan Couture has found the back of the net for the 17th time this season, while goaltender Josef Korenar made 40 saves.

Monday’s game is the Avs-Sharks’ seventh game this season and the third at the SAP Center. The clubs will complete the season series Wednesday in San Jose.

Avalanche at San Jose Sharks

SAP Center | San Jose, California.

COLORADO-SAN JOSE CONNECTIONS

Joonas Donskoi skated for San Jose in his first four seasons in the NHL from 2015 to 2019… Goalkeeper Devan Dubnyk started the 2020-21 season with the Sharks … Wedge Makar and Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro were teammates with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for two seasons from 2017 to 2019… Sharks forward Matt Nieto played four seasons for the Avs from 2017 to 2020… San Jose defenseman Greg Pateryn spent part of the 2020-21 season with Colorado… Sharks center Dylan Gambrell played at the University of Denver from 2015 to 2018… Avalanche video coach Brett Heimlich is from San Jose and spent 11 years with the Sharks organization from 2004 to 2015… San Jose head coach Bob Boughner finished his NHL career game with the Avalanche from 2004 to 2006… Sharks development coach in NHL Mike Ricci played for Colorado / Quebec from 1992 to 1998 and won a Stanley Cup with the Avs in 1996.

THE STORY

In the first six games against the Sharks this season, the Avs are 5-1-0 with a goal differential of plus 11, a power play percentage of 24.0 and a penalty hit rate of. 91.3. The club are 53-39-12 all-time record against San Jose, including a 1-1-0 mark as a visiting team this year.

Nathan MacKinnon (12 goals, 14 assists) and Gabriel Landeskog (seven goals, 19 assists) are tied for the fifth most points in franchise history against the Sharks, two points behind Valeri Kamensky (28) who holds the fourth most against San Jose. MacKinnon has recorded at least one point in five of six games this season, while Landeskog has found the scoresheet in four of six – including a season-high four points on March 3.

POWER RATIO

On Sunday, the Avalanche reassigned goaltenders Adam Werner and Hunter Miska and forwards Mike Vecchione and Nick Henry to the AHL Colorado Eagles. In addition, the team recalled the attackers Jayson megna and Alex newhook, defender Dennis gilbert and goalkeeper Jonas johansson to the taxi team. D-men Kyle burroughs and Dan Renouf skated in Saturday’s contest instead of Ryan grave and Samuel Girard, who were both injured.

INJURY UPDATE

Jared Bednar said after Saturday’s game that Ryan Graves (upper body) was considered a day-to-day but didn’t have an exact schedule and Samuel Girard was out for about two weeks due to a lower body injury. Bowen Byram (upper body), Logan o’connor (lower body), Matt Calvert (upper body) and Jacob MacDonald (lower body) are all week to week with injuries, while Bandon Saad is away two to four weeks with lower body disease. Pavel Francouz is absent the remainder of the season with a lower body injury and Erik Johnson (upper body) could come back later in the playoffs.

SCOUTING SHARKS

At home this season, San Jose is 10-11-2 and 5-5-0 in their last 10 games in the Shark Tank. Evander Kane has been strong at SAP Center this season, leading the team to the home score with 10 goals and 12 assists while producing at least one point in three straight games (three goals, three assists). Timo Meier has been the Sharks’ biggest home power-play contributor this year, scoring two goals and three assists on the man advantage.

Overall, the Sharks maintain sixth place in the West Division with a score of 20-26-5 (45 points), behind the St. Louis Blues’ fourth place (53) by eight points. The club are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games and end the campaign with their five remaining home games.

(AGAINST) PLAYER TO WATCH: LOGAN COUTURE

Logan Couture is in his second season as Sharks captain and 12th campaign with the club, recording 273 goals and 304 assists in 766 games. Since entering the league in 2009-10, the forward is second in game-winning goals for San Jose with 48 (tied), while also placing third in points (577) and fourth in assists.

This season, Couture was a key part of the offensive end, registering 17 goals and 31 points in 51 games. His 17 goals are the second highest on the list and his 31 points are the third highest. When he faces the Avs, the veteran has two goals and two assists in six games, which is tied for the team lead after notching a scorer in Saturday’s game.

NUMBERS GAME

32.3 x 26.0

On the road, Colorado averaged 32.3 shots per game and allowed just 26.0 shots against, ranking third in the NHL for shots for and first for shots against away from home. House. Overall, the Avs are 28-10-2 when they beat their opponents, the most wins in the league by putting more pucks in the net.

28 + 27

Mikko RantanenThe 28 goals scored this season are the third highest in the NHL, while his plus-27 rating is the second highest among forwards in the league. Rantanen has scored at least one goal in his last four games, while also getting a combined plus-6 in that streak.

500

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare took part in his 500th NHL game on Saturday, becoming the second French player and the third player of French origin to reach the milestone. The native of Le Blanc-Mensil, France, joined Antoine Roussel (544) and Paul MacLean (719), born in France but Canadian.

NOTEBOOK

Nathan MacKinnon’s 20 goals this season mark the fourth straight season the forward has reached 20 goals and the sixth time in his career … MacKinnon was named all-star of the West Division for April after recording 21 points (nine goals , 21 assists) during the month, a new franchise record for April, surpassing Joe Sakic’s previous mark of 17 he set with the Quebec Nordiques in April 1995… The Avalanche are 13-8 -2 on the road this season, despite dropping out of its three previous contests… Colorado holds a 6-8-2 score in giving up the game’s first goal after coming from behind in Saturday’s game. When entering the field first, the Avalanche are 27-4-2, tied for most NHL wins in the game’s opening goal… Nathan MacKinnon’s 19 multi-point games and Mikko Rantanen’s 18 games lead the Avalanche this season. MacKinnon’s 19 games with more than one point are tied with the Edmonton Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl for the second most in the NHL… The Avalanche’s plus-51 goal differential is the second highest in the season. NHL.

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