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Stars-Avalanche Preview

Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 10:45 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Avalanche Preview
Previewing Friday\'s tilt between the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche.

Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars
Friday, November 1
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Click here for channel listings)
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (5-6-1) are coming off a 2-1 loss at Montreal on Tuesday. The Stars fell behind 2-0, scored late in the second period to cut the lead to one, put a lot of pressure on in the third but couldn’t get the equalizer. The Stars had a hard time getting pucks through on net against the Canadiens, who blocked 29 shots.

“It was a hard-fought game,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “They got a bounce on the first goal, it was going wide. I thought we did a good job killing off their power plays, we had a couple of late opportunities point blank. They did a great job of being in shot lanes and blocking shots. It’s probably a game we could have come out of here with points.”

The regulation loss snapped a three game points streak for the Stars.

The Stars went 1-1-0 on their two-game road trip. After Friday’s game against Colorado, they had back out on the road for a three game trip.

Kari Lehtonen is the likely starter in goal.

Injuries: F Ryan Garbutt is out due to suspension.

About the Avalanche

Colorado (10-1-0) last played Sunday, defeating Winnipeg, 3-2, in Denver. The Avalanche, trailing after two periods for the first time this season, scored twice in the third to overcome a 2-1 deficit.

“Like I said to the guys between the second and the third, during a season you always have to face adversity at a moment," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "It was important for us to try and give our best period. I'm proud of our guys. They battled even harder in the third. We made a couple of adjustments and they played hard. Everyone is bringing something to the team. I'm proud because we were resilient. We remained focused and we didn't panic going into the third."

There was off-ice adversity for the Avalanche as well. Starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov was arrested on second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault charges Wednesday. Varlamov, who posted bond Thursday and is traveling with the team, was scheduled to start Friday’s game, but it appears J-S Giguere could get the nod in net instead.

The Avalanche made a trade Thursday, acquiring forward Maxime Talbot from Philadelphia in exchange for forward Steve Downie.

“Talbot has won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh, he’s a great penalty killer, we feel that he’s going to bring a lot of depth to our team,” Roy said. “He’s a guy that has performed really well in the playoffs, and we think he’ll be a great addition to this team.”

Injuries: LW Jamie McGinn (knee) is questionable. F Cody McLeod is out due to suspension.

Series Notes

*This is the second of five meetings between the Stars and Avalanche.

*Colorado won the first meeting, 3-2, in Denver on Oct. 15

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have points in four straight games at home (3-0-1).

*Colorado is 5-0-0 on the road this season.

*Colorado has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of its 11 games this season.

*The Stars are allowing 2.00 goals against per game at home.

*Colorado is 18-18 on the penalty kill over the last four games.

*The Stars are 9-10 on the penalty kill over the last four games.

*Tyler Seguin and Alex Chiasson lead the Stars in goals (5).

*Seguin and Jamie Benn lead the Stars in points (12).

*Avalanche forward Matt Duchene has 8 goals in the last 8 games and leads Colorado with 9 goals.

*Duchene leads the Avalanche in points (13).

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen ranks second in the NHL with a 1.66 goals against average and is tied for third with a .945 save percentage.

*Avalanche goaltender J-S Giguere is 3-0-0 this season with a 0.67 goals against average, .981 save percentage and two shutouts.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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