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Avalanche look to end slide vs. Lemieux, Sharks

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Avalanche look to end slide vs. Lemieux, Sharks

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San Jose (34-6-5) at Colorado (23-23-1) 9:00 p.m. EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Colorado Avalanche hope to reverse their
losing ways in the second half beginning with a meeting against
an old friend.

The Avalanche return to the ice following the All-Star break
when they continue a season-high, eight-game homestand against
Claude Lemieux and the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

Colorado lost four of its last five games in regulation before
the All-Star break, including a 6-5 setback against the Los
Angeles Kings on Wednesday.

The loss dropped the Avalanche to last place in the Northwest
Division, two points behind the Minnesota Wild (23-20-1).

Colorado should receive a boost from David Jones and Ian
Laperriere, who are set to return from back injuries against the
Sharks.

But, San Jose will also have its newest member in tow after
Lemieux made his season debut during a 2-1 overtime win against
the Vancouver Canucks last Tuesday.

The 43-year-old, who spent parts of five seasons with the
Avalanche from 1995-2000 and won the Stanley Cup there in
1995-96, had not played in an NHL game since May 2003 when he
was a member of the Dallas Stars.

The Sharks hope Lemieux's extensive postseason experience will
rub off on a team that has exited in the second round of the
playoffs each of the last three campaigns.

Lemieux won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in
1985-86 before winning the title in 1994-95 and 1999-2000 with
the New Jersey Devils.

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