San Jose (37-26-11) at Colorado (41-26-8) 9:00 pm EDT
DENVER (Ticker) - Inching closer to a playoff berth and hoping
for a division title, the Colorado Avalanche look to build upon
their recent home success.
Playing the second contest of a five-game homestand, Colorado
hosts the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday in their final encounter
of the season.
With seven games remaining, the Avalanche are three points in
back of Calgary for first place in the Northwest Division chase.
Colorado is also sixth in the Western Conference, two points
behind Anaheim and two in front of Edmonton for seventh.
Rob Blake and Dan Hinote scored in the final 57 seconds as
Colorado rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks
on Monday. The Avalanche are 6-0-1 in their last seven home
outings and 13-2-3 here since January 1.
Joe Sakic had three assists against the Blackhawks and needs one
goal to tie Hall of Famer Mike Bossy for 17th place on the
all-time list (573).
Having dropped three of their last four, the Sharks have eight
games to play and are in tied with Los Angeles for ninth in the
West, two points in back of Vancouver for the final postseason
Joe Thornton, the league's second-leading scorer, netted his
26th goal of the season on a power play with 20 seconds left in
overtime as San Jose ended a three-game losing streak with
Monday's 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars.