AVALANCHE (7-8-0) at STARS (6-6-5)
8:30 p.m. ET; ALT, FS-SW, NHL.TV
Avalanche team scope
Colorado Avalanche forwards Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog each will not play against the Dallas Stars. Duchene practiced at the morning skate but will miss his third straight game after he sustained a head injury against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. "After yesterday's practice, he still felt like he wasn't ready to go," coach Jared Bednar said. "He's going to take another day or two." Landeskog has a lower-body injury and didn't travel to Dallas but he may join the team later on the road trip. Rookie A.J. Greer was recently recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League and will play his second NHL game; he made his debut on Nov. 13. "My game's success attributes a lot to confidence," Greer said. "Being able to make the plays I usually make, whether it's at this level or the AHL level. Just keep doing the simple things that makes me A.J. Greer." Colorado has won 12 of the past 15 games against Dallas and is 5-2-0 in the past seven games at American Airlines Center. Goalie Semyon Varlamov, who has won his past 11 starts against the Stars, will start.
Stars team scope
Center Cody Eakin could make his season debut Thursday. Eakin injured his knee on the first day of training camp and had surgery in September but was one of 14 players to take part in the optional morning skate. "I'm feeling pretty good, getting back to where I want to be," Eakin said. "I'm trying to get back to where I want to be skating wise. … there is no sense rushing it back in if you aren't ready." Antoine Roussel has nine points during a current NHL-best seven game point streak. The left wing has played his past four games with Tyler Seguin. "I think his skill has gotten a lot better, not that it was bad before, but just the way he has grasped his game," Seguin said. "Obviously he's an agitator, but he's found a way to get under people's skin while putting the puck in the back of the net. So it's been a good mix." Seguin is tied for third in the NHL with 20 points and tied for second with 13 assists. Kari Lehtonen likely will start in goal.
Avalanche projected lineup
Rene Bourque -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Joe Colborne
A.J. Greer -- Carl Soderberg -- Mikko Rantanen
Blake Comeau -- John Mitchell -- Jarome Iginla
Andreas Martinsen -- Mikhail Grigorenko -- Cody McLeod
Nikita Zadorov -- Erik Johnson
Fedor Tyutin -- Tyson Barrie
Francois Beauchemin -- Patrick Wiercioch
Scratched: Eric Gelinas
Injured: Matt Duchene (head) Gabriel Landeskog (lower body)
Stars projected lineup
Jamie Benn -- Radek Faksa -- Lauri Korpikoski
Antoine Roussel -- Tyler Seguin -- Patrick Eaves
Gemel Smith -- Cody Eakin -- Jason Spezza
Curtis McKenzie -- Adam Cracknell -- Brett Ritchie
Dan Hamhuis -- John Klingberg
Johnny Oduya -- Stephen Johns
Patrik Nemeth -- Jordie Benn
Scratched: Esa Lindell, Jamie Oleksiak, Devin Shore
Injured: Patrick Sharp (concussion), Mattias Janmark (knee), Ales Hemsky (groin), Jiri Hudler (illness)
Sharp (concussion) skated, but isn't ready to return. ... Colorado will use the same defense pairings from a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
Roussel, Seguin, and Eaves have combined for 17 points since they were put on the same line on Nov. 10. ... Varlamov has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his past three games. ...Bourque has four goals in his past four games.