The Sharks open 2019 against one of the NHL's best lines.
San Jose will have to contain the Colorado Avalanche's top trio of Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon, and Gabriel Landeskog in the final stop of a three-game road trip on Wednesday Night Hockey on NBCSN. The Avalanche is reeling, having finished off 2018 with a five-game losing streak, but their top line is still humming.
Rantanen and MacKinnon entered Wednesday second (62 points) and third (59 points), respectively, in scoring. Landeskog (45 points) was 19th, tied with MacKinnon for fourth in the league in goals. The Avalanche are one of three teams, along with the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs, who had three scorers in the top 25 in points entering the day.
The Sharks ended 2018 with a loss of their own, falling 8-5 to the Flames in a barnburner in Calgary. They also lost defenseman Radim Simek, who was concussed on a late hit by Flames forward Sam Bennett. The defeat in Calgary snapped a two-game winning streak, but newly named All-Star defenseman Erik Karlsson extended his point streak to 10 games with a pair of assists.
Here's how you can watch Sharks-Avalanche live on TV and online.