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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche

Monday, December 16
8:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (15-11-5) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 6-4 win in Winnipeg Saturday afternoon. Tyler Seguin had a four-point game (two goals, two assists) and Jamie Benn scored two goals, snapping an eleven-game goal scoring drought. The Stars’ power play, which has been struggling, scored two big goals late in the second to give to break a 3-3 tie and make it a 5-3 game heading into the third period.

“We said before the game that special teams were going to make a difference,” Benn said. “Our power play got a couple tonight, and it made the difference.”

The Stars, who are 1-1-0 on their current road trip, enter the home-and-home series with Colorado eight points behind the Avalanche, who are in third place in the Central Division.

“It’s still early, but it’s really not. This road trip we’re on we are really trying to bear down on points,” Seguin said. “We had a tough one in Nashville (Thursday), we got two (in Winnipeg Saturday) and we’ve got two huge games back-to-back against Colorado.”

Injuries: C Vernon Fiddler (upper body) is questionable. D Trevor Daley (ankle) and D Stephane Robidas (leg) are out.

About the Avalanche

The Avalanche (21-9-1) are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to Minnesota in Denver on Saturday. The Wild scored with 3:53 left in regulation to tie the game before outscoring the Avalanche 2-1 in the shootout.

"It's tough, I thought we played a really good hockey game," Avalanche forward Matt Duchene said. "I think we dictated most of the game, but give them some credit. Their goalie played outstanding, they are an extremely stingy defensive team. They try and play to those 1-0 games and it's disappointing to not come out with two points, but I think there's a lot of good things. You know, we've been a little snakebit around the net but their goalie played outstanding as well."

The Avlalanche lost for the first time in 18 games when they score the first goal of the game, and for the first time in the six games they have played that have gone beyond regulation.

Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said Semyon Varlamov will be in goal Monday for the Avalanche and that J-S Giguere will play Tuesday’s game in Dallas.

Injuries: D Ryan Wilson (back) is expected to miss Monday, but is likely to play Tuesday in Dallas. F Alex Tanguay (knee/hip) is out.

Series Notes

*Monday and Tuesday’s home-and-home series will be the third and fourth of five meetings between the Stars and Avalanche.

*The Stars are 0-1-1 (1 point) in the season series.

*The Avalanche are 2-0-0 (4 points).

*Tuesday October 15, Dallas at Colorado: Avalanche 3, Stars 2

*Friday November 1, Colorado at Dallas: Avalanche 3, Stars 2 (OT)

Statistical tidbits

*Colorado is 0-26 on the power play over the last 10 games.

*The Stars are 4-35 (11.4 percent) on the power play over the last 10 games.

*The Stars have allowed 11 power play goals over the last 13 games and are 33-44 (75.0 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Colorado has allowed 13 power play goals over the last 14 games and is 30-43 (69.8 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*The Stars are 4-3-3 (11 points) in their last ten games.

*Colorado is 5-4-1 (11 points) in its last ten games.

*Since starting the season 12-1-0, the Avalanche are 9-8-1 (19) points over their last 18 games.

*The Stars, who started the season 5-6-2, are 10-5-3 (23 points) over their last 18 games.

*Dallas is 3-6-3 vs. the Central Division.

*Colorado is 8-3-1 vs. the Central.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (17) and points (31).

*Matt Duchene leads the Avalanche in goals (14) and points (24).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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