Sharks, Avalanche tied 2-2 heading into game 5
Colorado Avalanche (38-30-14, fifth in the Central Division during the regular season) vs. San Jose Sharks (46-27-9, second in the Pacific Division during the regular season)
San Jose, California; Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND: Series tied 2-2
BOTTOM LINE: The San Jose Sharks and the Colorado Avalanche are in a 2-2 series tie in the Western Conference second round. The teams meet Saturday for the eighth time this season. The Avalanche won the last matchup 3-0.
The Sharks are 25-11-5 at home. San Jose is third in the NHL recording 9.7 points per game, averaging 3.5 goals and 6.2 assists.
The Avalanche are 17-16-8 on the road. Colorado averages 9.4 penalty minutes per game, the fourth-most in the league. Ian Cole leads the team serving 115 total minutes.
TOP PERFORMERS: Brent Burns leads the Sharks with 67 assists and has collected 83 points this season. Logan Couture has nine goals and two assists over the last 10 games for San Jose.
Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avalanche with 41 total goals and has totaled 99 points. Mikko Rantanen has five goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Colorado.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Avalanche: Averaging 3.1 goals, 5.6 assists, 4.8 penalties and 11.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game with a .920 save percentage.
Sharks: Averaging 3.2 goals, 5.4 assists, 4.9 penalties and 12.6 penalty minutes while giving up 3.3 goals per game with a .900 save percentage.
Sharks Injuries: Radim Simek: out (lower body), Joe Pavelski: day to day (upper body), Joonas Donskoi: day to day (undisclosed).
Avalanche Injuries: None listed.