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Dallas tries for fifth straight victory; Colorado seeks to end three-game losing streak

by Rick Sadowski / Correspondent

STARS (5-3-0) at AVALANCHE (4-4-0)

9 p.m. ET; ALT, FS-SW, NHL.TV


The Game

Goalie Ben Bishop will make his seventh consecutive start for the Dallas Stars, who begin a five-game road trip against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Tuesday and will try to stretch their winning streak to five games. The streak began when they defeated the Avalanche 3-1 on Oct. 14 at American Airlines Center. Dallas has won its past five games against Colorado.

Goalie Semyon Varlamov will start for the Avalanche, who will try to end a three-game losing streak that followed a 4-1-0 start. They are 2-1-0 at Pepsi Center and coming off a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.


Players to watch

Stars center Tyler Seguin has six points (four goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak. He leads the Stars with six goals, and his 45 shots on goal are third in the NHL. He has 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in 19 career games against the Avalanche.

Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie has five points (one goal, four assists) in a five-game point streak, tying his NHL career high. He has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 18 games against the Stars.


They said it

"It's still early in the season; we haven't even played 10 games yet. I like some of the stuff we're doing, but I see room for improvement in other areas. For me, it's continue the process, and hopefully we keep improving in the areas we're working on and bring it into the game." -- Stars coach Ken Hitchcock

"We have to get back to everyone pulling their weight, playing like they can. Hopefully the four-day break will help us get that bad taste out of our mouth about the last three games. We want to be better at home. So far, two out of three is pretty good and we want to keep that percentage going our way." -- Avalanche center Matt Duchene


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Devin Shore -- Mattias Janmark -- Jason Spezza

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Pitlick

Remi Elie -- Martin Hanzal -- Brett Ritchie

Marc Methot -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Stephen Johns

Esa Lindell -- Julius Honka

Ben Bishop

Kari Lehtonen

Scratched: Jamie Oleksiak , Greg Pateryn , Gemel Smith

Injured: None


Avalanche projected lineup

Sven Andrighetto -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

Gabriel Landeskog -- Matt Duchene -- Nail Yakupov

Matt Nieto -- Alexander Kerfoot -- A.J. Greer

Gabriel Bourque -- Carl Soderberg -- Blake Comeau

Nikita Zadorov -- Erik Johnson

Anton Lindholm -- Tyson Barrie

Mark Barberio -- Chris Bigras

Semyon Varlamov

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Andrei Mironov

Injured: J.T. Compher (broken thumb), Tyson Jost (lower body), Patrik Nemeth (lower body), Colin Wilson (undisclosed)


Status report

Mironov was recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League. Bigras will play after being a healthy scratch against St. Louis.


Stat pack

The Stars have killed 13 consecutive penalties during their four-game winning streak. … Colorado has five power-play goals in its past four games.

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