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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche

Saturday November 29, 2014
8:00 p.m.
TV: TXA 21
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (9-9-5) lost 5-4 in overtime to Minnesota Friday night at American Airlines Center. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Stars. The Stars fell behind 3-0 and rallied to take a 4-3 lead. But the Wild tied the game with 1:52 left in regulation and then won 2:04 into overtime.

“It’s the story of our season so far- inconsistent hockey,” said Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. “It’s not like we have one or two lines going, and the other two aren’t. It seems like it’s all or nothing. It kind of feels like game-to-game we play to whatever level the other team is playing to. Until we start really dedicating to play a certain way all the time, you are probably going to see more of this.”

The Stars finished their five-game homestand with a 3-1-1 record and are now 4-5-5 at home this season.

Saturday’s game kicks off a three-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: RW Ryan Garbutt (suspension), RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out.

About the Avalanche

The Avalanche (8-10-5) are coming off a 3-2 loss to Chicago in Denver Wednesday. The Avalanche, playing on the second night of a back-to-back, were in a position to get a point out of the game until Chicago’s Bryan Bickell scored with 5:17 remaining in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie.

"We played well. I liked our compete level for playing back-to-back games," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "They were waiting for us, and we have (nine) injured players. Our players certainly deserve a lot of credit. I thought 5-on-5 we were the better team. It's kind of funny how this game goes sometimes. In the last few games we'd have maybe one or no power plays and tonight we gave them five in 33 minutes, and that's all they needed to score those two goals.”

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Avalanche, who have won four of their last six games (4-2-0).

Calvin Pickard is scheduled to start in goal for Colorado.

Injuries: D Erik Johnson (neck) and C John Mitchell (leg) are probable. G Semyon Varlamov (groin), D Brad Stuart (hamstring), LW Patrick Bordeleau (back), RW Dennis Everberg (shoulder), LW Jamie McGinn (back), D Ryan Wilson (shoulder) and RW Jesse Winchester (concussion) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of five meetings between the Stars and Avalanche this season.

*The Stars were 1-3-1 (3 points) last season vs. Colorado.

*The Avalanche were 4-1-0 (8 points) vs. the Stars last season.

*The Stars are 51-50-17 all-time vs. the Colorado franchise.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 0-3-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

*The Stars are 5-4-0 on the road.

*Colorado is 4-5-2 at home.

*The Stars are 0-5-3 vs. the Central Division.

*The Avalanche are 0-3-2 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 1-5 in games settled beyond regulation, including 0-4 in four-on-four overtime and 1-1 in shootouts.

*The Avalanche are 3-5 in games settled beyond regulation, including 1-3 in four-on-four overtime and 2-2 in shootouts.

*Colorado is 1-31 (3.2 percent) on the power play in its past 11 games.

*The Stars are 2-24 (8.3 percent) on the power play in their last eight games.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (18) and points (30).

*Matt Duchene and Alex Tanguay co-lead the Avalanche in goals (7). Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avalanche in points (17).

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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