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Avalanche Hosts Stars In Preseason Action

Colorado set to play its second of six preseason contests

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche continues its preseason on Thursday as the club hosts the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center for a 7 p.m. MT game.

This will be Colorado's second contest of the exhibition slate and the first of two against its Central-Division rivals. The Avs and Stars will meet on Sept. 25 in Dallas, the final of three games in three days for Colorado.

The Avalanche is 0-1-0 in the preseason after it lost 4-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights in its opener on Tuesday. Nathan MacKinnon scored Colorado's only marker, while Vegas tallied three times in the first period to take an early lead.

The Avs had a strong push in the final frame, outshooting the Knights 18-4 to finish with a 29-28 edge in that department by the end of the contest.

"I like our jump in the third period," said Colorado head coach Jared Bednar in his postgame news conference. "We got a power-play goal (at the end of the second) and then we had a little fire. For me this game, we had some kids that we liked."

The Avalanche's roster for the first preseason tilt had a lot of youth on it, with the club only icing five skaters that played regularly last year.

Bednar noted the Avs lineup on Thursday will have more of a veteran presence.

"We have some young guys in there. The veterans that didn't play tonight are going to play," Bednar said after Tuesday's contest. "It will be a little bit more of an older group, experienced group."

Dallas also began its preseason on Tuesday and won 5-3 at home against the St. Louis Blues. Mattias Janmark had two points (goal and assist) and Stephen Johns had two assists in the contest, which saw Stars goaltenders Ben Bishop and Mike McKenna split time in net.

Bishop played the first two periods and made 12 saves on 15 shots, while McKenna stopped all 11 shots he faced in the third period to earn the win.

Stars forward Jaime Benn scored the game-winner with 7:41 left in regulation.

The game will only be broadcasted live on the radio with Altitude Sports AM 950 carrying the action. Fans can also listen to the contest online at ColoradoAvalanche.com.

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