Colorado Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram, back, looks to pass the puck as San Jose Sharks left wing John Leonard defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

San Jose Sharks (3-4-0, seventh in the West Division) vs. Colorado Avalanche (4-3-0, third in the West Division)

Denver; Thursday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Colorado hosts the San Jose Sharks after Brandon Saad scored two goals in the Avalanche’s 7-3 victory over the Sharks.

Colorado finished 42-20-8 overall and 10-8-2 in division play during the 2019-20 season. The Avalanche scored 236 total goals last season while collecting 399 assists.

San Jose finished 11-11-1 in division games and 12-19-3 on the road in the 2019-20 season. The Sharks scored 33 power play goals on 189 power play opportunities last season.

The teams meet for the second game in a row.

INJURIES: Avalanche: Erik Johnson: out (health protocols), Pavel Francouz: day to day (lower body).

Sharks: Maxim Letunov: out (health protocols).

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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