Feb 4 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Brenden Morrow (10) reacts after scoring on Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) during the first period of the game at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Stars vs. Avalanche - Two for two too much to ask?

The Stars head to Colorado tonight to kick off a two-game road stint that will conclude in Los Angeles tomorrow.

The two teams have only met once thus far this season, with Dallas taking a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche in early February.

Both teams have struggled as of late, with Colorado facing the harsh reality of a four-game losing streak and Dallas coming off the only victory at home in four games. Until Monday, Dallas was on a losing tailspin of its own, and only tonight will prove if the team has managed to learn from the mistakes of Saturday’s game against Chicago, and even last Tuesday’s 4-0 loss to Nashville.

Another win would boost the Stars both in confidence and in the Western Conference standings. Though currently in 11th place, a two-point game tonight would rocket the Stars past Columbus, Phoenix and San Jose to playoff-contending 8th.

In general statistics, the two teams aren’t that different, hinting at a potentially intense and interesting game. Both teams are hovering around an average of three goals allowed per game, Dallas at 2.96 and Colorado at 3.14. The Stars have outperformed the Avs on the power play and in penalty kills, but neither number should cause too much excitement. Dallas’ 17.8 power play goal percentage and 81.5 penalty kill percentage hold them just at or below the middle of the pack in the entire league; 17th and 14th respectively.

Kari Lehtonen, who despite starting and not finishing Saturday’s game against Chicago, continues to prove he is one of the strongest players on the team and is the likely starter in net tonight yet again.

Keep your eye on Jamie Benn too. Though he hasn’t had the break out many fans anticipated since returning from a wrist injury, tonight could be the night it happens. In February’s meeting, Benn scored two of the three goals that pushed the Stars past the Avalanche, and assisted for the third.

The game starts at 8:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.

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