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Avalanche at Sharks: Lines, open thread and how to watch

ICYMI: The San Jose Barracuda will host next year’s AHL All-Star Game. The game’s on Feb. 4-5, 2024, but tickets are on sale now.

And the San Jose Sharks will play a preseason game in Salt Lake City on Oct. 5 against the Los Angeles Kings. It’s part of the Kings’ annual Frozen Fury series, something that’s been taking place since 1997.

Tank for Bedard

Time is running out and if the Sharks aren’t careful, they’ll play themselves out of the 29th spot in the league and jump to 28th, or worse.

The Anaheim Ducks recent nine game losing streak has vaulted the team to the coveted 32nd spot, tying the team with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks with 56 points apiece.

San Jose is four points up on the pack and six points behind the Montreal Canadiens. Trouble is, the Canadiens and the Arizona Coyotes are also running losing streaks. San Jose has secured seven out of eight possible points in its last four games. Not exactly a recipe for that tank season we were looking for.

Important games to watch today include:

  • Blue Jackets @ New Jersey Devils
  • Washington Capitals @ Canadiens
  • Blackhawks @ Vancouver Canucks
  • Coyotes @ Seattle Kraken

San Jose Sharks

Call this take two, if you will.

This is game two in the two game series with the Colorado Avalanche. Erik Karlsson now has 96 points, while Nathan MacKinnon has already achieved the century mark.

Karlsson registered his 74th assist of the season on Tuesday night, passing Roman Josi (2021-22) for the most assists in the season by a defenseman since Sergei Zubov did it in 1993-94.

Karlsson has five more games left in the season to score four or more points.


Record: 22-39-16
Streak: L1
Goals Leader: Logan Couture (27 G, 39 A)
Assists Leader: Erik Karlsson (22 G, 74 A)
Power Play: 18.6%
Penalty Kill: 83.1%
Goals For/60: 2.92
Goals Against/60: 3.75


Jacob Peterson β€” Tomas Hertl β€” Noah Gregor
Thomas Bordeleau β€” Logan Couture β€” Fabian Zetterlund
Evgeny Svechnikov β€” Nico Sturm β€” Kevin Labanc
Jacob MacDonald β€” Steven Lorentz β€” Adam Raska

Marc-Edouard Vlasic β€” Erik Karlsson
Mario Ferraro β€” Matt Benning
Radim Simek – Henry Thrun

Kaapo Kahkonen
James Reimer

Expected Scratches: None

Injured Reserve: Andreas Johnsson (undisclosed), Jonah Gadjovich (upper body), Luke Kunin (knee), Markus Nutivaara (lower body), Alexander Barabanov (lower body), Oskar Lindblom (upper body)

Colorado Avalanche


Record: 46-24-6
Streak: W2
Goals Leader: Mikko Rantanen (49 G, 45 A)
Assists Leader: Nathan MacKinnon (36 G, 64 A)
Power Play: 25%
Penalty Kill: 79%
Goals For/60: 3.29
Goals Against/60: 2.72


Evan Rodrigues – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen
Denis Malgin – JT Compher – Valeri Nichushkin
Andrew Cogliano – Lars Eller – Logan O’Connor
Ben Meyers – Alex Newhook – Matthew Nieto

Samuel Girard – Devon Toews
Jack Johnson – Bowen Byram
Kurtis MacDermid – Erik Johnson

Alexander Georgiev
Jonas Johansson

Expected Scratches: None

Injured Reserve: Gabriel Landeskog, Pavel Fancouz, Josh Manson, Artturi Lehkonen, Cale Makar, Darren Helm

How to watch

Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on NBCSCA. Streaming is available with a subscription to ESPN+ (blackout restrictions may apply). The radio call will be streamed through the Sharks Audio Network. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET at SAP Center in San Jose.

Avalanche fans can watch on Altitude Sports.

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