DENVER (Ticker) -- A pair of division leaders collide at the
Pepsi Center on Friday when the Colorado Avalanche host the San
Colorado and San Jose each enter with 83 points. The Avalanche
hold a one-point lead over Vancouver in the Northwest Division
and the Sharks are six ahead of Dallas in the Pacific Division.
This is the fourth meeting between Colorado and San Jose this
season and the first three have been hard-fought contests.
Former Shark Teemu Selanne had a triumphant return to San Jose
when he snapped a third-period tie in a 4-3 win in the first
meeting on November 11.
The second meeting ended in a 2-2 tie on December 4 before the
Sharks took advantage of Peter Forsberg's absence for a 2-1
triumph here on January 17.
San Jose capped a 3-0 homestand with a 4-3 victory over Montreal
on Wednesday. Vincent Damphousse scored a power-play goal and
added a pair of assists.
The Avalanche are winless in their last five games, going
0-2-2-1, including two shutout losses. Joe Sakic had a hat
trick in Wednesday's 5-5 tie with San Jose.