DENVER -- While the Colorado Avalanche have gotten off to a 5-0 start for the first time since they were the Quebec Nordiques in 1994-95, coach Patrick Roy said not all is perfect with his team heading into Tuesday night's game against the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center.
The Avalanche were outshot 19-7 in the second period of a 5-1 win Saturday in Washington when Semyon Varlamov was in goal. They were outshot 15-6 in the second period of their Oct. 10 game in Boston, a 2-0 win behind the goaltending of Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
"The last two games, I think we gave up too much in the second period both times," Roy said Tuesday. "It was at the end of our trip when we had the lead. Things like that happen. We'd like to cut down a bit on shots. The chances, we gave a bit too many, though not as bad as it appears.
"The thing we've been doing well is we've put pressure on the other team, forced the shooters to take a quick shot. Sometimes, they don't take the quality shots they love. The thing I like, though, our [defense] did a really good job getting those rebounds in front of our goalies. They don't have a second or third chance after the first shot."
Varlamov will take a 4-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against average and .970 save percentage into the game against the Stars, a team he has had trouble with in previous seasons. He has a 1-3-2 record in six career games with a 3.98 average and .864 save percentage.
Ellis went the distance Saturday in the Stars' 5-1 loss in Minnesota when Dallas was outshot 36-19. He's played extremely well in six career appearances against the Avalanche, posting a 5-1 record against them with a 2.01 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.
Here are the projected lineups for the game Tuesday:
Injured: Kari Lehtonen (lower body)