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San Jose at Colorado

Venue: Pepsi Center

The Colorado Avalanche are getting back on track as their homestand continues, and they'll be looking to take advantage of a San Jose Sharks team that hasn't played very well on the road lately.

Colorado seeks a third straight victory Saturday when it meets San Jose, which has dropped six of eight away from home.

The Avalanche (25-11-4) have beaten a pair of Eastern Conference foes after an 0-1-3 stretch against the West that included a 5-4 shootout loss to the Sharks on Dec. 23. After a 2-1 overtime loss to Winnipeg on Sunday opened a seven-game homestand, Colorado beat Columbus 5-3 on Tuesday before Thursday's 2-1 win over Philadelphia.

Coach Patrick Roy's team is 4-0-1 over its last five at home.

"The message is clear: We don't want to be satisfied. We want more," Roy said. "That's the approach we try every day. We have to play like this to be in the playoff picture at the end."

Jamie McGinn and Ryan O'Reilly scored, and Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves against the Flyers. Varlamov is 5-0-4 with a 2.05 goals-against average in his last 10 games, including a 1.79 GAA in six starts at home.

"It seems that's the story every night," McGinn said. "We let him do his thing and we've got to put enough in because we know he's going to give his best."

Varlamov made 41 saves in the last meeting with San Jose, but he allowed the tying goal to Joe Pavelski with 20 seconds remaining in the third period. The Sharks improved to 12-0-3 in the last 15 meetings with the Avalanche, including the postseason.

Each of those defeats past regulation have come in the last four matchups in Denver, though. The Sharks (26-9-6) are 2-6-0 in their last eight on the road, giving up 31 goals, but they're coming off a 5-1 home win over Edmonton on Thursday.

Pavelski had a goal and an assist, and captain Joe Thornton had two assists for San Jose, which lost at Anaheim in its previous contest.

"We're a team that when you lose one, you like to get back and get the next one. I think we proved that," said Thornton, who had three assists in the last meeting with the Avalanche and has an 11-game point streak against them. "We have a lot of good character players in this room. There's no secret. Just get back to work. We didn't work as hard as we feel we should have in Anaheim and we got back to it."

Logan Couture and 32-year-old Bracken Kearns, who has played nearly 600 minor league games but just 10 in the NHL, each have scored in three straight games.

"I've seen him work so hard every day, and he's a guy that you admire," Couture said of Kearns. "I've had a lot different road to get to the NHL than he has. Now he's getting a shot and scores in three straight games. It's incredible. It gives you chills thinking about it."

Antti Niemi made 23 saves Thursday after giving up at least three goals in four of his previous five starts. He made 29 saves in the last meeting with Colorado and is 7-0-2 with a 2.13 GAA in his past nine starts against the Avalanche.

Varlamov is 1-3-2 with a 3.57 GAA in his last six versus San Jose.

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Team Standings W L OT Pts L 10
San Jose2nd Pacific 28162585-4-1
ColoradoCentral 13291271-9-0

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