Stars-Avalanche Preview

Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche
Wednesday March 20
8:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (13-12-3) snapped a four-game winless streak with a 4-3 win over Calgary Monday at American Airlines Center. The win came after the Stars were routed 8-1 by Chicago in their previous game.

“That was a big win for us, especially after our last game,” said Stars forward Eric Nystrom, who scored a goal Monday’s game. “We wanted to bounce back and have a good effort, and we did for the most part. That’s a huge two points, we’re right back in the thick of things. It was tough the past couple days, but we’re right back in it.”

The Stars, who ended their four-game homestand with a 1-2-1 mark, play their next two games on the road.

The Stars recalled G Jack Campbell from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Monday and assigned G Richard Bachman to Texas. They also placed F Ryan Garbutt on injured reserve.

Kari Lehtonen is expected to start in goal Wednesday.

Injuries: RW Ryan Garbutt (hand) and D Aaron Rome (foot) are out.

About the Avalanche

The Avalanche (10-14-4) lost 5-2 to Chicago in Denver Monday night. It was the fourth straight loss for Colorado, which has been outscored 20-9 during the skid.

“It’s frustrating, but we’re in this together,” said Avs forward Gabriel Landeskog. “We win together and we lose together. We have to dig ourselves out of this. It has to come from within. We have to be a better team at the start, especially at home. It sounds like a broken record, but [poor starts] are kind of killing us right now.”

Chicago scored two goals 57 seconds apart early in the first period to take a 2-0 lead in Monday night’s game. Colorado has been outscored 9-3 in first periods over the last four games.

Injuries: D Ryan Wilson (ankle) is doubtful. RW Steve Downie (knee) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of three meetings between the Stars and Avalanche.

*February 4, Dallas at Colorado: Stars 3, Avalanche 2

Statistical tidbits

*Colorado has scored the first goal of a game nine times this season, the lowest total in the NHL.

*Colorado is 5-2-2 when scoring first.

*The Stars are 10-3-2 when scoring the first goal of the game.

*Colorado has been outscored 32-19 in first periods this season.

*The Stars have been outscored 36-25 in second periods this season.

*The Stars are 1-14 (7.1%) on the power play over the last four games.

*The Stars are 11-17 (64.7%) on the penalty kill over the last four games.

*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has ten points (five goals, five assists) in his last eleven games.

*Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog has a three-game goal scoring streak.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Avalanche
Record 13-12-3 10-14-4
Home 6-6-2 8-5-1
Away 7-6-1 2-9-3
Last 5 1-3-1 1-4-0
Last 10 4-4-2 3-6-1
Streak Won 1 Lost 4
Goals/game 2.57 (18th) 2.50 (22nd)
Goals against/game 2.96 (23rd) 3.14 (27th)
5-on-5  F/A 0.91 (20th) 0.88 (23rd)
Power play 17.8 (17th) 14.6 (25th)
Penalty kill 81.5 (13th) 79.3 (22nd)
Shots/game 26.9 (27th) 29.5 (13th)
Shots against/game 29.6 (20th) 32.4 (27th)
Faceoffs 47.6 (23rd) 50.9 (11th)
Team Leaders Stars Avalanche
Goals Jagr: 10 Duchene, Parenteau: 12
Assists: Roy, Goligoski: 13 Duchene: 19
Points: Eriksson: 19 Duchene: 31
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 10-6-2, 2.46, .918
Bachman: 2-3-0, 4.27, .838
Nilstorp, 1-3-1, 3.09, .897
Campbell: 0-0-0, 0.00, .000
Varlamov: 8-13-3, 2.93, .907
Giguere: 2-1-1, 3.34, .900

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