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Avs Host Dallas Stars on Saturday

The contest opens a four-game homestand for Colorado

by Danielle Bernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche returns home Saturday as it hosts the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center. It's the second game of a back-to-back set for Colorado, the fifth of 11 such sets the Avalanche will play in 2018-19.

The Avalanche, which opens a four-game homestand with the outing, will wear its blue third jerseys as part of Division Rivalry Night.

Last Time Out

Sven Andrighetto, Matt Calvert and J.T. Compher each scored for the Avalanche, but Colorado fell to the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in overtime on Friday at Enterprise Center. Compher scored a power-play goal just past the midway point of the third period to knot the game at three and force the extra frame. Colorado held a 42-28 advantage in shots and finished 1-for-6 on the power play while holding the Blues scoreless on three opportunities with the man advantage.

The Stars enter Saturday's contest coming off a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night at SAP Center in San Jose. Radek Faksa and Miro Heiskanen scored, and Anton Khudobin made 21 saves for Dallas, which is on a four-game road trip that ends Saturday in Denver. 

Last Time They Met

J.T. Compher tied the game with 2:42 remaining in regulation, and Mikko Rantanen scored with less than two minutes left on the clock to power the Avalanche to a comeback win over the Dallas Stars on Nov. 24 at Pepsi Center. Colorado outshot the Stars 36-29, and Semyon Varlamov finished with 27 saves for the Avs.

What to Watch

Home Sweet Home

After a road-heavy schedule through the first third of the season, the Avalanche will be in the Mile High City for eight of its next 10 outings. The contest marks Colorado's 13 home game of the season, the fewest of any team in the league. The Avs are 6-3-3 at Pepsi Center so far this campaign, and Saturday's tilt is the first of a four-game homestand for the club, which has yet to play more than two home games in a row this season.

Third-Period Scoring

The Avalanche have scored 48 goals in the third period this season, which ranks second in the NHL. Colorado's combined 88 goals in the second and third period is tops in the league.

Player to Watch

Colorado: Left Wing J.T. Compher

Compher finished with two points (one goal, one assist) on Friday night and scored the game-tying goal for the Avalanche to force overtime. It was the second multi-point game of the season for Compher and his second power-play marker.

Dallas: Defenseman Miro Heiskanen

Heiskanen scored a goal on Thursday night and now has tallies in back-to-back games for the first time in his NHL career. The rookie blueliner enters Saturday's contest on a career-long, four-game point streak and has notched a point in seven of his last 10 outings.

The Details

 

Saturday's game against the Stars begins at 7 p.m. MT, and tickets are still available. The game can be watched live on Altitude TV, and the radio broadcast can be heard on Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM.

The Avs Better Halves will also be hosting their annual Christmas Tree auction at Saturday's contest with proceeds benefitting Kroenke Sports Charities. Click here to view and place bids on trees. The trees will be on display outside section 140 during the game.

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