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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars

Monday, January 27
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (24-20-8) won their third straight game, defeating Pittsburgh, 3-0, at American Airlines Center on Saturday. The Stars scored twice on the power play in the game and Kari Lehtonen stopped 24 shots for his second shutout in the last three games.

“Their team is really good and we were able to play a lot better than them and work harder and dominate the power play and penalty kill,” said Lehtonen. “Just overall great effort.”

The Stars have outscored their opposition 14-1 during the three-game winning streak.

“These last three games have all been really good, a real top to bottom complete effort so we just have to keep it going,” said Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski.

Monday’s game is the fourth of the Stars current five-game homestand.

Forwards Jamie Benn and Alex Chiasson did not practice Sunday. Both were off the ice for maintenance, but are expected to play on Monday.

Injuries: D Stephane Robidas (leg) is out.

About the Avalanche

The Avalanche (32-14-5) are coming off a 5-2 loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday. After a scoreless first period, the Lightning built a 3-0 lead in the second. Colorado cut the lead to 3-2 late in the second, but the Lightning put the game away in the third.

“We gave ourselves a real opportunity,” said Colorado forward John Mitchell. “We ran out of time in the second period. If we had a little bit more time on the clock, we had all the momentum going our way. Give credit to them, they came out and played a solid third period.”

The loss was the second in the last three games for Colorado, which is 9-3-1 over its last 13 games.

Monday’s game concludes a three-game road trip for the Avalanche, who are 1-1-0 in the first two games of the trip.

Injuries: G Jean-Sebastien Giguere (back) is day to day. D Cory Sarich (back) and LW David van der Gulik (head) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the fifth and final meeting between the Stars and Avalanche.

*The Stars are 1-2-1 in the season series.

*The Avalanche are 3-1-0 in the season series.

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

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

*December 16, Dallas at Colorado: Avalanche 6, Stars 2

*December 17, Colorado at Dallas: Stars 3, Avalanche 2

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have scored on the power play in seven straight games and are 9-24 (37.5 percent) during that stretch.

*Colorado is 22-24 (91.7 percent) on the penalty kill over the last eight games.

*The Stars are 15-15 on the penalty kill over the last five games.

*Colorado is 1-13 on the power play over the last five games.

*The Stars are 6-8-5 vs. the Central Division.

*The Avalanche are 12-5-2 vs. the Central Division.

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen has won his last three starts, posting a 0.33 goals against average, .985 save percentage and two shutouts.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has six points (two goals, four assists) in the last three games.

*Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski has five assists over the last three games.

*Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has five points (two goals, three assists) over the last four games.

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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