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Dallas without Hintz, eyes fourth win in row; Colorado 0-3-1 in past four games

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

AVALANCHE (8-4-2) at STARS (7-8-1)

8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-SW, ALT, NHL.TV


The Game

The Dallas Stars will look to win their fourth consecutive game when they host the Colorado Avalanche at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

Dallas has outscored its opponents 12-5 in the past three games and is 6-1-0 in its past seven games after beginning the season 1-7-1.

Goalie Ben Bishop, who has a 1.63 goals-against average and .950 save percentage in his past five starts, will start for the Stars, who will be without Roope Hintz.

The forward, who is out one week because of a lower-body injury, leads Dallas in scoring with 11 points (nine goals, two assists) in 16 games. Hintz is doubtful to play at the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday and is likely to return at the Calgary Flames on Nov. 13, coach Jim Montgomery said.

Colorado is 0-3-1 in its past four games and has scored one goal in its past two games.

The Stars won 2-1 against the Avalanche in Denver on Friday.


Players to watch

Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists), including at least one in 13 of Colorado's 14 games this season.

Stars forward Joe Pavelski has five points (one goal, four assists) in a three-game point streak.


They said it

"I don't think it matters because they saw us four days ago, too. We liked some things that we did late in that game. I did not like the start of that game. I think both teams know each other pretty well because we play each other a lot. It's going to come down to execution and who wants it more." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar

"We thought that was the best team we've played when we were in Colorado last Friday. Obviously, they're missing [forward Mikko] Rantanen and [forward Gabriel] Landeskog, but they're still a team that comes after you at both ends of the ice." -- Stars coach Jim Montgomery


Avalanche projected lineup

Tyson Jost -- Nazem Kadri -- J.T. Compher

Matt Nieto -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Joonas Donskoi

Andre Burakovsky -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Matt Calvert

Valeri Nichushkin -- Vladislav Kamenev -- Jayson Megna

Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson

Ian Cole -- Cale Makar

Nikita Zadorov -- Ryan Graves

Philipp Grubauer

Pavel Francouz

Scratched: Mark Barberio

Injured: Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Mikko Rantanen (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body)


Stars projected lineup

Denis Gurianov -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Jamie Benn -- Jason Dickinson -- Joe Pavelski

Mattias Janmark -- Justin Dowling -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen

Joel Hanley -- Taylor Fedun

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: None

Injured: Roope Hintz (lower body), Andrej Sekera (upper body), Roman Polak (upper body), Stephen Johns (post traumatic headaches), Martin Hanzal (back)


Status report

Nichushkin will return to Dallas for the first time since signing with Colorado on Aug. 19. 


Stat pack

MacKinnon has 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 28 games against Dallas. … Makar is tied with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ilya Mikheyev for the NHL rookie scoring lead with 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in 14 games. … Comeau will play in his 800th NHL game. … Seguin has 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists) in 28 games against the Avalanche. … The Stars are 6-2-0 in their past eight home games against Colorado.

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