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Avs @ Sharks: Blood in the Water

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The Avalanche (35-29-12) visit the Sharks (37-30-9).

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As Yogi Berra said, it's not over 'til it's over. Though the Avs may have their own Berra on their squad, for all intents and purposes it's over. Even with the Jets losing last night, the Avs are very unlikely to make the playoffs after dropping a game against the low seated Edmonton Oilers. With six games left and eight points to recover, we know the Avs will stay the course until the playoffs are a mathematical impossibility.

As sad as the Avs hopes are, at least there's solace in knowing misery loves company. Barring a major turn of events, the Sharks look like they will miss the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. With a good amount of veterans on their squad, one could expect some changes in central California.

LINES

Landeskog-O'Reilly-Tanguay

Mitchell-Duchene-Iginla

McLeod-Cliche-Everberg

Caron-Hishon-Hamilton

Hejda-Johnson or Redmond

Guenin-Barrie

Stuart-Holden

Varlamov

Berra

NOTES

- With a goal on Monday, O'Reilly's point streak is now at eight.

- Joe Thornton is pointless in his last five games.

- With five more points, Jarome Iginla will pass 60 points for the 14th time in his career.

GAME INFO

Game time: 8:30pm, MT

TV: NBCSN