Avalanche-Sharks at a glance

Avalanche-Sharks at a glance
January 26, 2013, 8:15 am
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Programming note: Avalanche-Sharks coverage gets underway today at 12:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live, only on Comcast SportsNet California

Where they stand
Sharks: 3-0-0, 6 pts., 1st Pacific Division, 2nd Western Conference
Avalanche: 2-1-0, 4 pts., T – 2nd Northwest Division, T – 6th Western Conference

Probable lines

Marleau – Thornton – Pavelski
Havlat – Couture – Clowe
Wingels – Handzus – Galiardi
Sheppard – Gomez – Burish

Vlasic – Stuart
Irwin – Boyle
Murray – Braun


Landeskog – Duchene – Parenteau
McGinn – Stastny – Jones
Kobasew – Mitchell – Hejduk
McLeod – Olver – Bordeleau

Johnson – Wilson
O’Byrne – Hejda
Zanon – Barrie


Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Scott Gomez. We’re fairly certain that Gomez will make his Sharks debut today after sitting out Thursday’s home opener. Todd McLellan had Gomez on the second power play unit in practice on Friday, and between Adam Burish and James Sheppard on even-strength line rushes. Gomez has something to prove after getting bought out by Montreal, and should be a motivated player in this shortened season.

Avalanche: Gabriel Landeskog. The reigning NHL Rookie of the Year is just 20 years old, and was named the Avalanche captain last offseason, the youngest in NHL history. He has one goal and a +3 rating in his first three games, after putting up 52 points (22g, 30a) playing in all 82 games last season.

Last game
Sharks: The Sharks erased a 3-1 third period deficit with four straight goals, beating the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday, 5-3. Patrick Marleau had his third straight two-goal game, including the game-winner, and Joe Thornton had an empty-net goal and three assists. Antti Niemi picked up his third win in as many tries with 32 saves.

Avalanche: Matt Duchesne scored twice and P.A. Parenteau and John Mitchell added a goal each as the Avalanche shut out the Blue Jackets, 4-0. Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves for this first shutout, and Milan Hejduk had two assists.

Sharks: Brent Burns (lower body) and Jason Demers (fractured wrist) are out.

Avalanche: Forward Steve Downie is out for the season with a right knee injury.

Season series
This is the first of three meetings between San Jose and Colorado. The Avalanche return on Feb. 26, and the Sharks make their one and only visit to Denver on March 10.

“They have some youthful energy to their lineup. They’ve handed their leadership reigns over to some of the younger players, and they’ve done a really good job of leading. They play a high tempo game, and we’ll have to be ready for that.” – Todd McLellan on Colorado

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