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StarGazing - January 14th vs. Colorado Avalanche

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

SATURDAY’S GAME:

Dallas Stars (24-17-1, 49 points – 3rd, Pacific Division)
vs. Colorado Avalanche (21-19-5, 48 points – 3rd, Northwest Division)
2 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center


BROADCAST INFO:
Fox Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket.

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. COLORADO AVALANCHE:
Overall: 48-45-16
Home: 30-16-8
Road: 18-29-8
This Season: 2-1-0
11/4/11 – vs. Colorado, 7-6 W*
11/18/11 - @ Colorado, 0-3 L
11/28/11 - @ Colorado, 3-1 W
1/14/12 – vs. Colorado

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Dallas Stars faceoff in their final meeting of the season against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday afternoon. The Stars have a 2-1-0 lead in the series and are looking to win three of the four season meetings for the first time since 2006-07. That season, Dallas finished with a 4-0-0 record against the Avalanche.

2.
Dallas has won four of their last five games against Colorado, earning a 4-1-0 record in that span. The Stars have scored at least three goals in each of the four victories, including a season-high seven goals on Nov. 4, 2011 when they defeated the Avalanche 7-6 in overtime. Additionally, Dallas is looking to extend their home point streak against the Avalanche to four games. The Stars have not lost at home in regulation against Colorado since March 14, 2010 (3-5 L).

3.
Saturday afternoon’s game against the Avalanche will be Dallas’ sixth game against a Northwest Division opponent (VAN, MIN, COL, CGY, EDM, 4-1-0 record in previous five). No Western Conference opponent has seen the Northwest fewer times than Dallas. Thirteen of Dallas’ final 40 regular season contests are against clubs from the Northwest Division.

4.
American Airlines Center is gearing up for a double-header of Stars/Mavericks on Saturday. The Stars will hit the ice at 2 p.m. (CT), while the Mavericks are set to tip-off the hardwood at 8 p.m. The conversion from ice to wood takes approximately one-and-a-half to two hours and requires a crew of over 250 people to complete the process. The fastest recorded conversion at AAC took 1 hour, 21 minutes.

5.
Dallas has the top record in the NHL this season when outshooting the opposition (20-10-2 record, .625). Colorado is 26th with a 8-17-4 record (.276)



WHO TO WATCH:

ALEX GOLIGOSKI
is currently on a two-game goal scoring streak (2-1-3). Goligosk’s last three-game goal streak came on March 23-29, 2011 (career high).

LOUI ERIKSSON
has earned at least one point in five of his last six games against Colorado (4-5-9).

KARI LEHTONEN
has a 6-1-1 record against the Colorado Avalanche in his career with a 2.48 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.
 























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