The Colorado Avalanche continues its preseason schedule on Thursday at 7 p.m. MT against the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center.
The Avs played their first exhibition game on Tuesday, falling 5-0 to the Vegas Golden Knights at home. Brandon Pirri led Vegas with two goals and an assist while Tomas Nosek and Valentin Zykov each had multi-point outings. Goaltenders Adam Werner and Hunter Miska each played half of the contest for Colorado.
The Stars have played twice this preseason, falling 2-0 to the St. Louis Blues in Dallas on Monday and earning at 2-1 overtime victory at the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Colton Point and Landon Bow split time in net on Tuesday while Miro Heiskanen recorded two assists in the win.
The Avalanche and Stars will meet again before the 2019-20 campaign opens as both clubs wrap up their preseasons in Dallas on Sept. 28.
Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars
Pepsi Center | Denver, Colo.
Valeri Nichushkin was drafted at No. 10 overall by Dallas in 2013 and played four seasons with the Stars… Kevin Connauton spent parts of two seasons with the Stars from 2013-2015… Sheldon Dries played for Dallas' AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, in 2017-18… Logan O'Connor was born in Missouri City, Texas... Blake Comeau played for Colorado from 2015-2018... Dallas' Jason Dickinson is the brother of Avs prospect Josh Dicksinson… Jim Montgomery was the head coach at the University of Denver... Stars' goaltender Ben Bishop was born in Denver.
Colorado has played preseason contests against Dallas in each of the previous three seasons, going 5-1 in that span. The Avalanche and Stars split their exhibition games last year with each team earning its victory on the road.
The Central Division rivals met four times during the 2018-19 regular season with the Avs finishing 3-1-0 against the Stars.
After the Avalanche's game against Vegas on Tuesday, the team announced it reassigned four players to reduce its preseason roster to 47. Colorado had an off day on Wednesday and will announce its full game lineup on Thursday morning.
Ian Cole (hips)
Kevin Connauton (cheek bone)
Erik Johnson (shoulder)
Colin Wilson (shoulder)
Nikita Zadorov (lower body)
The Avalanche will play six preseason contests before its regular-season opener on Oct. 3 versus the Calgary Flames at Pepsi Center… Colorado went 3-3-0 in exhibition games in 2018… The Avs wrap up the 2019 preseason at Dallas on Sept. 28.