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Avalanche Hosts Stars On Tuesday

Colorado and Dallas meet for the second time this season

by Danielle Bernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

After four days without a game, the Avalanche will host Central-Division rival the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center. It's the second of five meetings between the teams this season and the first of three that will be played on home ice in the season series.

Colorado is 40-31-8-9 in 88 all-time meetings against the Stars (since 1995-96), including a 22-11-5-5 record at home, where the Avs have won eight of the last 10 matchups. The Avalanche was 1-3-1 against Dallas last season, with the win coming on opening night at Pepsi Center.

The Stars enter Tuesday night's matchup on a four-game winning streak and sits in third place in the Central Division, while Colorado looks to gain ground in the division after dropping three consecutive contests.

Last Time Out

The Avalanche rallied late, but came up short against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night, falling to their division foe 4-3 at Pepsi Center. Alexander Kerfoot registered two goals and an assist, the first multipoint game of his young career, and Tyson Barrie notched an assist to extend his point streak to five games, which matches a career long streak for the defenseman.

The Stars are coming off a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. Dallas built a 4-0 lead and held off a late Carolina rally to win its fourth straight contest. Tyler Pitlick scored twice, and Radek Faksa added two assists for the Stars. Ben Bishop finished with 36 saves.

Last Time They Met

Tyler Seguin had a Gordie Howe hat trick, and Jamie Benn notched a goal and an assist to propel the Stars to a 3-1 win over the Avalanche at American Airlines Center on Oct. 14. Matt Duchene notched Colorado's lone goal early in the third period, which brought the Avs within one before Esa Lindell potted an empty netter with less than a minute left to seal the win for Dallas.

What to Watch

Avs Power Play

The Avalanche has scored a power-play goal in two consecutive games and now have a man-advantage tally in four of its last five outings, going 5-for-25 (20%) in that span. Overall, Colorado's power play on home ice ranks eighth in the league with a 26.7 percent conversion rate. The man-advantage scoring has come from throughout the lineup, as Tyson Barrie, Sven Andrighetto, Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen, Alexander Kerfoot and Nathan MacKinnon have all notched a power-play goal this season.

New Blood

Colorado recalled forwards A.J. Greer and Gabriel Bourque from the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday, bringing in reinforcements after four players - J.T. Compher, Tyson Jost, Colin Wilson and Patrik Nemeth - suffered varying degrees of injuries in Thursday's game.

It will be the sixth career game for Greer, who saw limited action in two recalls early last season. His last NHL game was Nov. 23, 2016 against the Edmonton Oilers.

"I'm a little more comfortable with the pace of play and the guys around here and acclimating pretty good," Greer said following Monday's practice at Family Sports Center. "Now it is just putting in the work and the games and enjoy the moment."

Player to Watch

Colorado: Left Wing Gabriel Landeskog

Landeskog has four points (2g, 2a) in the early stages of the season. The Avs captain has recorded 21 points (9g, 12a) in 23 career games against Dallas, his highest point total against a single opponent in his seven seasons in the league.

Dallas: Center Tyler Seguin

Seguin scored a goal against the Hurricanes on Saturday and now has points in four straight games, contributing six points (4g, 2a) in that span. The forward has notched a point in six-straight games against the Avalanche, tallying 13 points (7g, 6a), which includes a goal in four consecutive contests in the series.

Lineup Notes

Chris Bigras, who was a healthy scratch against the Blues on Thursday, will return to the lineup. Semyon Varlamov is slated to make his sixth start of the season.

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