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Avs Host Stars In Preseason Matchup

It is the first of two exhibition games between the clubs

by Dan Vatch / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche faces the Dallas Stars for the first time during the 2018-19 preseason on Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT at Pepsi Center.

The clash will be the first of two meetings between the teams during the exhibition slate, with the second and final preseason matchup coming on Sunday at 4 p.m. MT at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Sunday's game will be the final tune up for both clubs before the regular season begins.

The Avs registered their first victory of the preseason in a 5-3 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday at T-Mobile Arena. J.T. Compher and Carl Soderberg both found the back of the net in the first period, giving Colorado a 2-0 cushion after 20 minutes of play.

Newly-acquired Vegas forward Max Pacioretty cut the deficit in half with a marker at the 10:47 mark of the second period. Sheldon Dries answered for the visitors just 2:13 later to extend the lead, and the Avs headed into the dressing room with a 3-1 edge.

Scott Kosmachuk scored the eventual game-winning goal at the 4:36 mark of the final period, with Vladislav Kamenev adding an empty-net marker.

Goaltender Pavel Francouz played the entire game in his first taste of NHL preseason action and made 29 saves on 32 shots.

The former Czech Republic Olympian was complimentary of his teammates after the game.

"I have to say my teammates and my defense worked pretty good today. They didn't let them (opposing players) go in front of me, I saw most of the shots. Big thanks to my D's and forwards as well" said Francouz.

Dallas downed the Minnesota Wild 5-3 on Monday in its most recent outing. Forward Jamie Benn scored twice in the outing and Roope Hintz, Esa Lindell and Blake Comeau also found the back of the net. The Stars were 1-for-3 on the power play and outshot the Wild 37-30. Anton Khudobin made 27 saves in net for Dallas.

The Stars have put up impressive scores through four preseason games, tallying at least three goals in every contest on their way to a 3-0-1 exhibition record.

Wednesday's matchup between the Avalanche and Stars will not be televised. The radio broadcast can be heard on Altitude Sports Radio FM 92.5 in the Denver area or online at ColoradoAvalanche.com.

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