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San Jose Sharks vs Colorado Avalanche: Game 5 Preview and Projected Lineups

Series: Series tied 2-2

Location: SAP Center

Time: 10:00 p.m. ET; (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)


Avalanche Notes

The Colorado Avalanche won 3-0 in Game 4 at Pepsi Center to tie the series up. Now they will be away at one of the toughest arenas in the NHL, the SAP Center. The Avalanche are 3-16-5 at SAP Center since 2008-09. They did win 4-3 in Game 2 to even the series. In Game 4, they were down 2-1 in the series and decided to adjust their game by staying more disciplined and attacking the Sharks with a strong forecheck. The Sharks struggled to get out of their own end for the whole game. A strong forecheck was one of the key factors for Philipp Grubauer 32-save shutout in Game 4. A strong defense and clearing the front of the net for Grubauer give the Avalanche the advantage.

Avalanche forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen are have an excellent Stanley Cup Playoff performance. Both MacKinnon (six goals, seven assists) and Rantanen (five goals, eight assists) lead the playoffs with 13 points.

If they Avalanche played as they did in Game 4, then they will head back home to Pepsi Center leading the series 3-2.

Sharks Notes

The Sharks looked really, really disorganized in Game 4. None of the defensemen could break it out. The turnovers in the neutral zone gave zero opportunities for the Sharks to score. The Sharks need defenseman Brent Burns to get back to his scoring ways. Burns had seven points (three goals, four assists) in Games 1 and 2. In the last two games, the All-Star defenseman had zero points, four shots, and a lot of turnovers in the defensive breakout. The Avalanche obvious game plan will be putting a lot of pressure on Burns.

In the power-play, the Sharks are 1-for-11 in the series. That only goal came 19:49 in the third period when the goalie was pulled in Game 2. That goal didn’t matter as they lost 4-3. Sharks should stay in disciplined and take advantage of these power-play opportunities. Both Burns and Karlsson needs to be more creative and shake things up on the power-play.

Strong defensive-zone breakouts, fewer turnovers, and a strong performance from Burns are the three keys for the Sharks to lead the series 3-2.

Avalanche projected lineup


Gabriel Landeskog — Nathan MacKinnon — Mikko Rantanen

Colin WilsonJ.T. CompherAlexander Kerfoot

Matt CalvertCarl SoderbergMatt Nieto

Gabriel Bourque — Tyson Jost — Derick Brassard


Samuel Girard — Cale Makar

Nikita ZadorovTyson Barrie

Ian ColeErik Johnson

Starting Goalie

Philipp Grubauer

Sharks projected lineup


Timo Meier — Logan Couture – Gustav Nyquist

Evander KaneTomas HertlJoonas Donskoi

Marcus SorensenJoe ThorntonKevin Labanc

Micheal HaleyBarclay GoodrowMelker Karlsson


Marc-Edouard Vlasic — Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon — Erik Karlsson

Joakim RyanJustin Braun

Starting Goalie

Martin Jones


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