Sharks open playoff series against the Avalanche
San Jose, California; Friday, 10 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND: San Jose hosts series opener
BOTTOM LINE: The San Jose Sharks host the Colorado Avalanche in game one of the Western Conference second round. The teams meet Friday for the fourth time this season. San Jose went 3-0 against Colorado during the regular season.
The Sharks are 32-14-4 against Western Conference opponents. San Jose ranks fourth in the league shooting 10.7 percent and averaging 3.5 goals on 33.0 shots per game.
The Avalanche are 12-9-5 against opponents from the Central Division. Colorado averages 9.4 penalty minutes per game, the fourth-most in the league. Ian Cole leads the team serving 115 total minutes.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Avalanche: Averaging 3.4 goals, 6.0 assists, 6.0 penalties and 15.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .933 save percentage.
Sharks: Averaging 3.3 goals, 5.9 assists, 5.6 penalties and 15.3 penalty minutes while giving up 3.6 goals per game with a .898 save percentage.