Sharks vs. Avalanche preview: The McGinn Bowl

Former Shark Jamie McGinn will take on brother and current Shark Tye McGinn as the Sharks make their lone trip to Denver of the season.

Coming off their most impressive performance of the season, the Sharks head to Denver in search of their first win at the Pepsi Center in nearly three years. It'll also be their first game against Brad Stuart since the early July trade that sent the former San Jose defenseman to Colorado for a second-round pick. Antti Niemi will be between the pipes tonight, the second time he's started consecutive games so far this season, for what many (okay, just me) are referring to as The McGinn Bowl with brothers Jamie and Tye set to face each other for the first time in their NHL careers.

Tale Of The Tape
San Jose Sharks


Colorado Avalanche
5-4-1, 11 points
Record 2-4-3, 7 points
Tied-3rd in Pacific Rank 6th in Central
Score-Adj. Fenwick 44.2%
PDO 98.1
PP% 14.3
PK% 88.6

6PM PST | Pepsi Center | Denver, Colorado
TV: CSNCA-HD | Radio:, 98.5 KFOX
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Projected Sharks Lineup

Patrick Marleau - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Tomas Hertl - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels
James Sheppard - Chris Tierney - Matt Nieto
Tye McGinn - Andrew Desjardins - Adam Burish

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Mirco Mueller - Brent Burns
Scott Hannan - Jason Demers

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

Projected Avalanche Lineup

Ryan O'Reilly - Nathan MacKinnon - Gabriel Landeskog
Alex Tanguay - Matt Duchene - Jarome Iginla
Jamie McGinn - John Mitchell - Maxime Talbot
Cody McLeod - Daniel Briere - Marc-Andre Cliche

Jan Hejda - Erik Johnson
Brad Stuart - Tyson Barrie
Nick Holden - Zach Redmond

Semyon Varlamov
Reto Berra

Last Meeting

Marty Havlat scored a hat trick (!!!) and Tomas Hertl made an unexpected return to the lineup for the first time since recovering from his knee injury as the Sharks defeated Colorado 5-1 on April 11th in their final home game of the 2013-14 regular season.