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Colorado Avalanche Gameday: Let’s make it two in a row

The Avalanche look to build off of a big won as they host the San Jose Sharks Saturday night

NHL: MAY 05 Avalanche at Sharks Photo by Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

With superstar Nathan MacKinnon out of the lineup for a few weeks, the Colorado Avalanche made a statement with a 7-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks this past Thursday night.

Despite missing their most potent offensive weapon, the Avs proved they can put the score with six different players finding the back of the net in an offensive explosion that the team desperately needed. Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog carried a big load while the return of Cale Makar added a boost to the back end. The Avs will need to continue the strong play tonight against a San Jose Sharks team that has been surprisingly good early this season.

Colorado Avalanche

Just as Devon Toews and Cale Makar make their way back into the lineup from injuries, the Avs blueline suffered another setback with Bowen Byram now set to miss some time. The 20-year old is having a tremendous rookie season but he will be out of the lineup for at least tonight and possibly longer.

As for the forward group, fellow rookie Alex Newhook looked good in his return on Thursday as will look to build on a strong game and cement his spot as a regular in the NHL lineup.

Projected Lineup:

Landeskog - Compher - Rantanen

Nichushkin - Kadri - Burakovsky

Jost - Newhook - O’Connor

Helm - Megna - Sherwood

Toews - Makar

Murray - Girard

Johnson & Johnson

San Jose Sharks

Despite battling through a COVID outbreak, the San Jose Sharks have exceeded expectations early this season. Sitting two game above .500, the Sharks have been led by a couple veterans who have seen a return to form. Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns have found the fountain of youth as they have looked like true star defensemen while playing at a level many thought they weren’t capable of anymore.

Up front, the combination of established veterans like Timo Meier and Logan Couture with youngsters like Jonathan Dahlen has proven to be a great mix that has seen the team’s offense among the best in the Western Conference.

Projected Lineup:

Starting Goalies

With a very light schedule through the first half of November, the Avalanche will be riding Darcy Kuemper once again tonight. He comes into the game with a 5-4 record and a .911 sv%.

For the Sharks, we are going to see Adin Hill who is working on a .904 sv% while he tries to hold on to the starter’s role over a resurgent James Reimer.