Jan 20, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; Dallas Stars forward Derek Roy (11) shoots during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview: Stars @ Avalanche


Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche
Monday February 4
8:00 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM).

Tonight the Dallas Stars will be looking to turn it around after coming off a 2-0 loss against the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday against an Avalanche team that started to heat it up the past few games. They will also try to stop their road woes as they tallied just four goals in their last six games. If they are going to improve their record, they need to stop getting into penalty trouble and finding ways to get to the net. But better news came today as Derek Roy, 29, will return to the lineup after missing the previous five games with a groin injury.

Their opponent tonight is the Colorado Avalanche, who won their last two games overall and undefeated over its three home games of the season. They will try to continue their winning streak after scoring three unanswered goals against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday for a 3-1 home win. PA Parenteau scored his team-leading sixth goal in the victory.

Hopefully with Derek Roy returning to the lineup, the Stars can find their scoring touch and find a way to stop their road woes. It is a crucial game for the Stars, as they need to get back to winning ways, power play definitely and reducing amount of puck turnover.

Game Notes

Goaltender Match-up: Kari Lehtonen will be in net for the Stars. Semyon Varlamov will be in net for the Avalanche.

Injuries: Forward Ray Whitney (foot) is out for the Stars. Gabriel Landeskog (head), Steve Downie (knee) and David Jones are out for the Avalanche.

Series Notes

This is the first of three games. The teams split the 2011-12 series but the Avalanche ended up with a one-point advantage as one of their losses was in overtime and both wins came in regulation.

Statistical matchup

Category
Last Game Played: LOSS 2-0 vs. Phoenix Coyotes WIN 3-1 vs Edmonton Oilers
Game Played 9 8
Record 3-5-1 4-4-0
Streak: Lost 1 Won 2
Home 2-1-1 3-0-0
Away 1-4-0 1-4-0
Goals/game 1.78 (29th) 2.38 (23rd)
Goals against/game 2.56 (13th) 2.50 (11th)
Shots/game 24.4 (29th) 29.2 (14th)
Shots against/game 34.1 (30th) 30.5 (20th)
Power play 14.3 (24th) 7.4 (30th)
Penalty kill 84.4 (9th) 76.2 (22nd)
Team Leaders Stars Avalanche
Goals Ryder: 6 Parenteau: 6
Assists: Eakin: 5 Duchene: 7
Points Whitney: 6 Duchene: 9
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 3-2-1, 2.62, .924
Bachman: 0-1-0, 1.88, .944
Nilstorp, 0-2-0, 2.70, .918
Varlamov: 3-4-0, 2.41, .919
Giguere: 1-0-0, 2.25, .933

Stars projected lineup via Mark Stepneski who writes for Stars Inside Edge:

Morrow-Benn-Jagr
Eriksson-Roy-Vincour
Smith-Eakin-Ryder
Nystrom-Fiddler-Roussel

Dillon-Robidas
Rome-Daley
Goligoski-Oleksiak

Lehtonen

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