Colorado Avalanche Want to Keep Streak Alive Against Sharks

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 23: Blake Comeau
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 23: Blake Comeau /

The Colorado Avalanche look to keep their seven-game winning streak alive as they host the San Jose Sharks tonight.

The Colorado Avalanche are hosting the San Jose Sharks tonight in the second of a three-game home stand. Interestingly, the two teams haven’t faced each other in almost exactly a year — January 23, 2017 was their last game against each other. The Sharks won 5-2.

All time, the Avalanche have edged out the Sharks 51-45-7-5(ties). Last season, Colorado took the first game of their three-game series in the shootout, but San Jose won the other two.

The Sharks are coming off a 3-2 win over the NHL-worst Arizona Coyotes — the game went all the way to the shootout. Colorado is enjoying a seven-game win streak after beating the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 in a Monday matinee. The Avalanche are still unbeaten in the year 2018.

How to Enjoy the Game

Game time: January 18, 7:00 pm MT
TV Networks: Altitude  TV (Avs feed), FS-MW (Sharks feed)
Radio: Altitude Radio (AM 950)

Injury Bug

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It’s that time of year when the injury bug come biting. In fact, it started biting around Crhistmas when when defenseman Tyson Barrie got injured on December 23 against the Arizona Coyotes. He has a broken hand and is expected to be out four to six weeks. He’s started skating, and even doing some stick work, but he’s said to be sore.

J.T. Compher helped the Avalanche win the December 29 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with his overtime goal, but it was later revealed he was suffering from an injury that kept him out for the next six games. He participated in two full practices this week and will play against the Sharks.

Sven Andrighetto left the December 31 game against the New York Islanders with an apparent leg injury after sliding awkwardly into the boards. He’s listed as day-to-day, but he’s only skating on his own (or with Barrie).

Goalie Semyon Varlamov left the January 2 game against the Winnipeg Jets. He has apparently injured his groin again, though it’s listed as a “lower body muscular injury.” He’s skating to keep his conditioning up, but he’s not expected back until after the All Star Break.

And now center Tyson Jost is struggling with another injury. He limped off the ice after inadvertently blocking a shot from a teammate in the January 15 game against the Anaheim Ducks. He returned to action, but he’s listed as day-to-day.

The Colorado Avalanche have recalled forward Dominic Toninato from the San Antonio Rampage. He earned an assist in his eight games with the Avs. He also has the distinction of drawing not just a penalty by a suspension by getting hit by Nashviille Predators forward Austin Watson. Watston received two games.

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The Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks will meet two more times. The Avs will host the Sharks again on February 6 and visit San Jose on April 5.