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Avalanche look to end slide vs. Lemieux, Sharks

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.

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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.