Dallas Stars (8-3-0, 16 points – 1st, Pacific Division)
vs. Colorado Avalanche (7-5-0, 14 points – 2nd, Northwest Division)
7:30 p.m. CT at American Airlines CenterALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. COLORADO AVALANCHE:
This Season: 0-0-0vs. Colorado (11/4/11)
at Colorado (11/18/11)
at Colorado (11/28/11)
vs. Colorado (1/14/12)BROADCAST INFO:
FOX Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The TicketFIVE THINGS TO WATCH:1.
The Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche meet for their first of four contests this season. Dallas went 2-1-1 against Colorado last season and have points in two of their last three games against them (2-0-1), including a two-game winning streak.2. Kari Lehtonen
was named the NHL’s “Second Star of the Month” following his performance in the month of October. The Finnish netminder concluded the month with an 8-1-0 record, a .947 SV%, and a 1.75 GAA – it’s the best October Lehtonen has ever posted in his career.3.
Dallas’ 8-3-0 record in October is amongst the best starts the club has had since moving to Texas. The 16 points in the standings in the second most they have earned in the month and their .727 win percentage is the fourth highest for any October since 1993-94.4.
The Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche have the top-two records in one goal games this season. Dallas is tied for second with Washington (both 5-1-0 record), while the Avalanche lead the league in onegoal affairs so far this season (6-0-0). Dallas’ only one-goal loss came against the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 22 (0-1 L).5.
Friday’s game between these two clubs features two strong special teams squads. Dallas has the eighth best home penalty kill (27/30, 90%), while the Avalanche lead the League in road power play conversion (8/21, 38.1%).WHO TO WATCH:MARK FISTRIC
has netted two of his three career goals against the Colorado Avalanche. The 6-2, 233-pound defenseman also ranks second amongst Dallas defensemen with 27 hits this season (avg 4.5/game).
four goals and eight assists (12 points), is the most points he has scored against any Western Conference opponent over his career (16 GP). Souray is tied for third in the League with a +8 rating this season (only behind D’Agostini and Kessel, both +9).
is scheduled to play in his 761st NHL contest – when he does so, he will take sole possession of the #6 spot on the all-time games played list for the Stars (Curt Giles, 760 GP).