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Dallas tries for second win in two nights; Colorado goes for fifth straight home victory

by Rick Sadowski / Correspondent

STARS (11-9-1) at AVALANCHE (10-8-1)

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


The Game

The Dallas Stars will try for their second win in as many nights when they play the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Wednesday.

Denver-born goalie Ben Bishop is expected to start for Dallas after making 29 saves in a 3-1 home win against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. However, the Stars are 0-3-1 in their past four road games and 3-7-1 this season.

Goalie Jonathan Bernier will start back-to-back games for the Avalanche for the first time because Semyon Varlamov is ill. Bernier made 21 saves Sunday in a 4-3 overtime win at the Detroit Red Wings. Colorado has won four consecutive games at Pepsi Center by a combined score of 22-11. They are 6-1-0 at home this season and have outscored their opponents 34-19.


Players to watch

Stars right wing Alexander Radulov has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past two games and 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in the past 12.

Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past three games and 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in his past nine.

They said it

"We've got to win division games if we want to be a playoff team. We've got a rested opponent, an opponent who's been sitting home for the last four days, and that's going to be a significant challenge for us. We're going to have to go in there and play well." -- Stars coach Ken Hitchcock

"The last few years we haven't been very good at home. It's fun winning in front of your fans. All the good teams in this League win at home and have dominant records at home usually, so hopefully we can follow that trend and continue to do that." -- Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson


Stars projected lineup

Mattias Janmark -- Jamie Benn -- Alexander Radulov

Devin Shore -- Tyler Seguin -- Jason Spezza

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Pitlick

Remie Elie -- Gemel Smith -- Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Jamie Oleksiak - Stephen Johns

Dan Hamhuis - Greg Pateryn

Ben Bishop

Mike McKenna

Scratched: Kari Lehtonen (personal), Curtis McKenzie

Injured: Martin Hanzal (hand), Marc Methot (knee)


Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

Colin Wilson -- Alexander Kerfoot -- J.T. Compher

Matt Nieto -- Carl Soderberg -- Blake Comeau

Gabriel Bourque -- Dominic Toninato -- Nail Yakupov

Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson

Chris Bigras -- Tyson Barrie

Nikita Zadorov -- Mark Barberio

Jonathan Bernier

Andrew Hammond

Scratched: Sven Andrighetto, Andrei Mironov

Injured: Vladislav Kamenev (broken arm), Anton Lindholm (broken jaw), Patrik Nemeth (lower body) , Semyon Varlamov (illness)


Status report

The Stars recalled McKenzie from Texas of the American Hockey League and reassigned defenseman Julius Honka ... Hammond was recalled from Belleville of the AHL where he was on loan since Nov. 5 when he was acquired from the Ottawa Senators in the Matt Duchene trade.


Stat pack

Seguin needs two goals for 200 in his NHL career ... The Avalanche are last in the NHL in face-off percentage (42.6).

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