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Avalanche takes on the Sharks

NHL on NBCSN: Sharks, Avs hope to keep distant playoff hopes alive


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign tonight with a doubleheader. The second game of that series will see the San Jose Sharks host the Colorado Avalanche at the SAP Center, starting at 10:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

Even in a best-case scenario, it’s difficult to imagine the Colorado Avalanche or San Jose Sharks storming to a playoff berth this season. Many members of each team seem to know that.

According to Sports Club Stats, the Avs boast a .1 percent chance to make the postseason while the Sharks have a 2.6 percent chance. You get the impression that mathematical elimination will just be a formality at some point.

Matt Duchene told the Denver Post that the Avalanche just want to make every game count, a sentiment that’s likely echoed by the Sharks.

“We’re both still fighting, and it’s not over until it’s over,” Duchene said. “We’re not done until we’re mathematically eliminated. If we go 6-0 in the last six games, we’re going to give ourselves a shot. We have to make these games count — all six of them.”

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Despite their current predicaments, the two teams boast some talent that could entertain on NBCSN tonight.

The Sharks employ a group of forwards that are talented enough that it’s tough to believe they’ll almost certainly be watching the playoffs on TV with the rest of us. For all the controversy surrounding Joe Thornton, he’s had a great season feeding Joe Pavelski while Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture also rank as big offensive threats. Don’t forget dragon-loving hybrid defenseman Brent Burns, either.

Colorado isn’t far behind.

It’s been a disappointing season for the likes of Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon, yet the Avalanche are enjoying production from veterans (Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay) and guys deep in their primes (Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O’Reilly).

Expect to see two desperate hockey teams on NBCSN tonight, then.

Video: Brent Burns on tattoos, missing teeth … and dragons


San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns is probably entertaining enough to get his own documentary, if not his own reality TV show.

For the time being, hockey fans have to settle for smaller snippets of insight about a blueliner who looks like a caveman and eats pizza during post-game interviews. Jeremy Roenick sat down with Burns to discuss his missing teeth, the history behind his tattoos and more:

No pizza talk though, disappointingly.

Video: Joe Thornton scores a very Joe Thornton goal

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Hey, that Joe Thornton guy has really been flying under the radar lately, right?

Amid all the distractions as he seemingly bickers with San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson through the media, “Jumbo Joe” remains a force on the ice, including this very Thornton-esque goal:

In case you couldn’t tell, it was a fitting goal because the puck went off someone else’s stick (Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was in the wrong place at the wrong time for Chicago) and went in.

There’s a chance that Brent Burns may actually have tipped it, too, as the official score has flip-flopped in that regard. Either way, Thornton is productive even if things remain pretty weird between the Sharks and their former captain.

PHT Morning Skate: Former Leafs coach expects 7-8 year rebuild

Ron Wilson

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

It seems like former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson has a part-time job in which he says negative things about his old team. The Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno presents the latest it of grim commentary, as Wilson told Fan 590 that their rebuild could take seven-to-eight years. (Whyno’s tweet)

The NHL’s top 10 rising prospects. (The Hockey News)

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It looks like Vancouver is indeed going forward with naming a street Pat Quinn Way. Great stuff. (Metro News)

Pittsburgh Penguins assistant Gary Agnew thought the team looked “lethargic” in their 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche (Penguins website)

A commercial involving Bobby Ryan and Brent Burns seems random – especially since it isn’t for a pizza company – but it turns brilliant here:

See any resemblance?

Video: Defenseman Burns makes big save in Stalock’s shutout

Burns save

San Jose Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock turned aside 20 shots to earn his second shutout of the season in a 4-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. It was a big night for him, but defenseman Brent Burns also deserves credit for the outcome.

Midway through the third period, Burns managed to whack a shot from Montreal’s David Desharnais that was destined for the back of the net out of midair at the goal line.

Although the Sharks went 3-8-2 in February, they’re still very much in the playoff race. Getting two points against Montreal tonight helps, but they need to stay sharp in their back-to-back games against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday and Saturday. If the Sharks take both of those contests, then they’ll be within striking distance of not just a postseason spot, but perhaps even the second seed in the Pacific Division and the home ice advantage in the first round that comes with it.