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Saturday, January 4th (All times Eastern)

San Jose Sharks (26-9-6) at Colorado Avalanche (25-11-4), 3 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Avalanche will try to post their first three-game winning streak since late November when they host the San Jose Sharks in Saturday's afternoon battle at Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche began the season with a 14-2-0 record, but have cooled off considerably since, going 11-9-4 over the last 24 games. However, with recent victories over Columbus and Philadelphia, the Avs have posted consecutive wins for the first time since Nov. 29-30. Another victory on Saturday would give Colorado its first three-game winning streak since Nov. 19-23.

After beginning a seven-game homestand last Sunday with a loss to Winnipeg, the Avalanche have notched wins over the Blue Jackets and Flyers, earning both wins in regulation.

Colorado used 29 saves from Semyon Varlamov on Thursday to help the Avs edge Philadelphia by a 2-1 score. Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn scored the goals for the Avalanche.

The Avalanche capitalized on a turnover to open the scoring. Erik Johnson led a rush on the counterattack and dished to Matt Duchene. Flyers goaltender Steve Mason turned away Duchene's shot, but kicked a rebound right to McGinn and he buried it at 11:14 of the first period.

"(Johnson) made a great play stepping up, breaking up the play and then skating hard," McGinn said. "(Duchene) drove the middle like we're suppose to, hard, and got the puck on net. I'm just coming in for the loose change."

The win over the Flyers was the fourth victory in the last five home games for Colorado, which boasts a 14-5-2 mark as the host this season. The Avs have taken two straight, three of four and five of their last seven home games against San Jose, but the Sharks have claimed five of six and eight of the past 10 encounters overall.

San Jose won the first of four scheduled meetings against the Avalanche on Dec. 23, posting a 5-4 shootout win in Northern California.

That game had a wild finish, as San Jose led 3-2 with just under two minutes left in regulation before Johnson and Jamie McGinn lit the lamp 12 seconds apart to put the Avalanche on top. However, Joe Pavelski tied the game with 19.6 seconds remaining in regulation to force an extra session, and despite failing on a power-play chance in overtime, the Sharks were able to escape with two points in the shootout.

San Jose has won five of its last six games and last played on Thursday when it routed the visiting Edmonton Oilers by a 5-1 score. Pavelski finished the game with a goal and an assist, while Patrick Marleau, Bracken Kearns, Logan Couture and Brent Burns also added goals for the Sharks.

Antti Niemi stopped 23 shots in the win.

"The role players played some really good roles tonight," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said.

San Jose, which is 15-1-3 on home ice compared to an 11-8-3 mark as the guest, is kicking off a three-game road trip on Saturday. The Sharks also will visit Chicago and Nashville before returning home.

01/04 10:30:22 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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