Looking to halt a three-game winless streak that has seen the team claim three of a possible six points, Lindy Ruff’s Dallas Stars (18-15-7) are in Denver on Saturday afternoon to take on Patrick Roy’s Colorado Avalanche (17-6-8). Game time is 2:00 p.m. CST. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.
This is the second of five meetings between the teams this season, and the second of three in the Mile High City.
On Nov. 29, the Avs skated to a 5-2 win over the Stars at the Pepsi Center. The teams will play three times in February: Feb. 3 and 27 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas and Feb. 14 in Colorado.
The Stars have posted points in 10 of the last 12 games (8-2-2) but are winless in their last two three games (0-1-2). Dallas enters this game coming off a 3-2 overtime loss against the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
Nashville is a dominant team on home ice this season and the Stars could at least take solace in battling back from a pair of one-goal deficits to grab a point. Dallas was held to just 20 shots for the game but Jason Spezza and defenseman Trevor Daley (in the final two seconds of the second period) tallied goals in the middle stanza.
Dallas played a decent overall game against the Predators but paid for a couple of mistakes with and without the puck.
Shea Weber scored twice for Nashville, including the OT winner on a shot that hit Kari Lehtonen (21 saves on 24 shots) in the shoulder, rolled down the big Finn’s back and into the net. The play started with a turnover along the walls by rookie Dallas defenseman John Klingberg.
Earlier in the game, Predators’ rookie Miikka Salomäki caught Stars rookie defenseman Jamie Oleksiak napping and got behind him to receive a pass and go in on a breakaway. Lehtonen made the initial stop but Salomäki followed up his own rebound for his first NHL goal.
Tyler Seguin did not record a point in the last two games but remains second on the NHL’s Art Ross Trophy race with 47 points — two fewer than Philadelphia Flyers’ right winger Jakub Voracek — and tops the Rocket Richard Trophy race with 26 goals. Jamie Benn is second on the Stars with 35 points (12 goals, 23 assists) in 40 games.
On the Dallas injury front, Patrick Eaves (ankle), Valeri Nichushkin (hip surgery) and Patrik Nemeth (severe forearm laceration from a skate cut) remain on injured reserve.
Colorado enters this game with a 7-3-0 record in its last 10 games. The Avs downed the visiting Ottawa Senators by a 5-2 count on Thursday night. Colorado rolled out to leads of 2-0 and 4-1 in a game that saw the Avs score twice and Ottawa once within the first three minutes of the third period.
Veteran power forward Jarome Iginla scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season on even strength and power play tallies in the win against Ottawa. Defenseman Erik Johnson tallied his 11th goal of the season, Brad Stuart scored his first and veteran sniper Danny Briere notched his eighth goal of the campaign. Alex Tanguay chipped in a pair of assists to reach the 800-point milestone for his regular-season NHL career.
On the injury front for the Avs, Patrick Bordeleau (knee), Jamie McGinn (back), Ben Street (hand), Ryan Wilson (shoulder) and Jesse Winchester (concussion) are out of the lineup.