San Jose Sharks travel to the Mile High City to take on the Colorado Avalanche

Mar 7, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jack Johnson (3) hits San Jose
Mar 7, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jack Johnson (3) hits San Jose / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

A shutout loss to the Arizona Coyotes doesn't feel good at any time. But with the recent hot streak the San Jose Sharks have enjoyed, that was a somewhat forgiveable game. Now, they must prove that the Coyotes game was a one-off and get back to winning. That is going to be a tough task for the Sharks, as their opponent tonight is the Colorado Avalanche. This is a team that could win the Stanley Cup this season, so it's going to be a difficult night.

Colorado played last night against the Winnipeg Jets in a 6-2 loss to their divisional rival. It means that they might be a little tired tonight, and the Sharks are likely to see a backup netminder from the Avalanche. For a team that has seen a ton of magical comebacks recently, it could be a night with another one with the way this potential script is lining up. It would be nice if the Sharks were able to take the lead, hold it, and win comfortably, but this team is determined to send its fanbase into cardiac arrest so a comeback it is.

Projected Lineups

Colorado Avalanche

Valeri Nichushkin - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen
Jonathan Drouin - Ryan Johansen - Ben Meyers
Miles Wood - Ross Colton - Logan O'Connor
Andrew Cogliano - Frederik Olofsson - Joel Kiviranta
Devon Toews - Josh Manson
Bowen Byram - Sam Malinski
Caleb Jones - Jack Johnson
Ivan Prosvetov
Alexander Georgiev

San Jose Sharks

William Eklund - Tomas Hertl - Alexander Barabanov
Anthony Duclair - Mikael Granlund - Fabian Zetterlund
Justin Bailey - Luke Kunin - Mike Hoffman
Givani Smith - Filip Zadina - Kevin Labanc
Mario Ferraro - Kyle Burroughs
Nikita Okhotyuk - Jan Rutta
Henry Thrun - Calen Addison
Mackenzie Blackwood
Kaapo Kahkonen

Puck Drop

This game will be a 5 p.m Pacific puck drop from the Mile High city. San Jose will be looking to get back to winning ways as it has seen its team heat up in recent weeks. Colorado will be looking to keep pace in the playoff race with some key absentees and a potential trap game against a Sharks team they will feel they should comfortably beat.