The Dallas Stars (11-6-0) are coming off a disastrous 6-0 loss against the Florida Panthers and will be to end their recent ugly streak as they go into Colorado to face the Colorado Avalanche (8-10-1) tonight. The Avs are coming off a 1-0 loss against the Minnesota Wild in their last effort and have three game losing streak as well. Kari Lehtonen will start in net for the Stars tonight and he has never lost a game in regulation against the Avalanche (6-0-1 lifetime record) and is undefeated at the Pepsi Center. Jean-Sebastien Giguere played in their last contest and has been the “better” goalie recently, and it looks like he will get another start over Semyon Varlamov for the Avalanche.
Both teams have injuries to report as the Stars are going to be without Alex Goligoski (broken thumb) and Adam Burish (broken hand) for a while as both are on injured reserve and will miss a few weeks. The Avs are still without forward Peter Mueller (concussion). Forward Brandon Yip (broken right forearm) returned Thursday.
The line ups from practice this week are going to be the same for today’s game. Coach Glen Gulutzan has been putting Steve Ott on a line with Jamie Benn and Michael Ryder while switching Loui Eriksson on a line with Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow. So Ott’s return to the lineup will of course be welcomed as he has been needed this last week, but Gulutzan felt like now was the time to shake-up things a little. While splitting up Benn and Eriksson is hard to take and understand, we all know that Ribs & Morrow line has not been working this season. Let’s watch this weekend and see if Eriksson can provide a change and hope get the Stars back to having two good scoring lines. Also Krys Barch, who didn’t practice on Wednesday due to a twisted ankle, practiced on Thursday and said he was fine. It is unclear if he will play tonight or be a scratch.
The puck drops at 8:00 pm (CST) at the Pepsi Center in Denver as as this will be the second meeting between the Stars and Avalanche. While the outcome of the first was in the Stars favor and it was one of the craziest games in recent memory, both teams probably want to avoid another 7-6 overtime contest. You can catch the game on the television side with FOX Sports Southwest or on the radio with 1310AM The Ticket. Both teams will be looking to snap their respective three game losing streaks, but the Avalanche are also starting a big eight-game homestand off and have not been successful at home so far (2-6-0). The Stars meanwhile are 5-4 on the road and picking up a nice conference win tonight could be a big boost before they fly back home tonight to play three in a row at home starting tomorrow night.
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Tags: Adam Burish Alex Goligoski Brandon Yip Brenden Morrow Colorado Avalanche Dallas Stars Florida Panthers Glen Gulutzan Jamie Benn Jean-Sebastien Giguere Kari Lehtonen Krys Barch Loui Eriksson Michael Ryder Mike Ribeiro Minnesota Wild Peter Mueller Semyon Varlamov Steve Ott