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Khudobin gets start, Gurianov in lineup for Stars at Avs

Dallas looks to snap a three-game losing skid as it wraps up the road trip tonight in Denver

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Anton Khudobin will get the start in goal and Denis Gurianov will be in the lineup tonight as the Dallas Stars try to snap a three-game losing streak when they take on the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center in Denver.

Khudobin, who will be making his second straight start, stopped 21 of 24 shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss at San Jose. He was in net on Nov. 24 when the Stars lost, 3-2, at Colorado and made 33 saves on 36 shots.

"Gut feeling," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said of the decision to go with Khudobin tonight. "He played really well here last time, so that's all it is."

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Why Heiskanen's rookie season just keeps getting better

The young defenseman continues to raise his level of play with points in four straight games - and nobody is really surprised

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

DENVER -- Miro Heiskanen's rookie season keeps getting better.

And nobody is really surprised. Sure, the 19-year-old defenseman played in the World Juniors, the Olympics and was named defenseman of the year for the Finnish Elite League, but he had yet to play against the NHL.

Now, after 32 games, Heiskanen seems to be raising his level of play with each passing one. Heiskanen played 23:02 Thursday, and had a goal, four shots on goal, and five takeaways in a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

With John Klingberg out since Nov. 8 with a broken hand, Heiskanen has seen his minutes and his opportunities go up.

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How to watch Stars vs. Avalanche: Live stream, game time, TV channel

Find out when and how to catch Dallas' game against Colorado on TV, radio and streaming online

by Staff Report @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

What you should know about Saturday's game between the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche:

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Stars recall right wing Denis Gurianov from Texas

The 21-year-old is tied for fourth in the AHL with nine goals and 19 assists in 23 games this season

by Press Release @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled right wing Denis Gurianov from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

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Heika: If Stars live on bubble again, they can't afford to slip

On the heels of a third straight defeat and out of a wild-card spot, Dallas now faces a climb back up the standings

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The bubble is a slippery place.

Stars fans have known that for years.

If you live on the playoff bubble, it's just so easy to fall off. Dallas did it last season, and the year before that. Tenth, 11th, ninth, they know what's it's like being close enough to see the postseason, but not close enough to make it.

It's a painful way to live, that's for sure.

That's why it seemed so nice when the team ran off four straight wins a week back. It was a sign that things were getting better, that the Stars were learning how to overcome their injuries, that they might be able to score a few goals even while maintaining one of the top five goals against averages in the league.

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Late push not enough as Stars fall to Sharks

Faksa and Heiskanen score, but Dallas drops to 0-3-0 on its road trip with a 3-2 loss at San Jose

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars' current road trip continues to be a bumpy one. The Stars dropped to 0-3-0 on the trip with a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night at SAP Center.

The game was pretty evenly played, except the Sharks ended up with one more puck in the net than the Stars.

"We played a really hard game in a tough building against a really good team on a back-to-back. I didn't feel we had any passengers tonight," said Stars forward Blake Comeau. "It's a results-based league, and it's disappointing we didn't get the win, but I think we did a better job than we did in Anaheim (6-3 loss Wednesday). That's a good step moving forward."

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Honka, Ritchie set for return to Stars' lineup at Sharks

Montgomery says Bayreuther and Hanzal will be given tonight's game off to rest

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The battle to win a spot in the lineup will rage tonight for the Stars, as recent scratches Brett Ritchie, Valeri Nichushkin and Julius Honka will all be on the ice on the second night of a back-to-back.

Nichushkin will play his second consecutive game, Ritchie will step in for Martin Hanzal (who is getting a night off for physical rest) and Honka will step in for Gavin Bayreuther (who is getting a night off for mental rest).

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How to watch Stars vs. Sharks: Live stream, game time, TV channel

Find out when and how to catch Dallas' game against San Jose on TV, radio and streaming online

by Staff Report @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

What you should know about Thursday's game between the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks:

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Stars' up-and-down play not a recipe for smooth sailing

Playing in the waves can be a hectic way to go about a season, and panicking can have some treacherous results

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Stars' play of late has been a little bit like massive waves crashing down on fans and tossing their emotions around like the S.S. Minnow.

This team is good one period and bad the next. It takes a lead and then loses it. It makes phenomenal, goal-scoring rushes and then retreats and allows goals against that are even more spectacular.

Wednesday night might have been the epitome of the chaos, as Dallas took a 3-1 lead in the second period before allowing five straight goals in a 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

"That reminded me of a college basketball game," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "There was momentum shifts left and right. I thought it was a great hockey game. I wish we would have been able to manage and weather storms a little bit better, especially in the third, but that's a game we can learn from."

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Ducks use big third period to surge past Stars

Anaheim scores five unanswered goals, including four in the final frame, to knock off Dallas

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Just when it looked like the Dallas Stars were going to ride another big second period to a season series sweep of Anaheim, the Ducks rolled out an even bigger third period.

Anaheim scored five unanswered goals, including four in the final period, to rally past the Stars, 6-3, at Honda Center Wednesday night.

"It was a tale of three periods," said Stars goaltender Ben Bishop. "They took it to us in the first, we took it to them in the second, and they took it back to us in the third."

The Stars, who had used big second periods to 5-3 and 5-2 victories over the Ducks earlier this season, scored three consecutive goals in the second period Wednesday to take a 3-1 lead in the game. But the Ducks scored late in the second to cut the lead to 3-2 and then scored three times in a 2:59 span in the third to go ahead 5-3 before sealing the win with a late empty-net goal.

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