Stars-Avalanche Preview

Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars
Saturday March 23
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (14-13-3) are coming off a 2-0 win in Los Angeles on Thursday. Kari Lehtonen stopped 40 shots for his first shutout of the season and Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney scored third period goals for the Stars.

“This is one where your goalie saves you in the first 40 and we picked up in the last 20. Certainly, Kari kept us in,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “It was a back-to-back and in back-to-backs you need your goalie to be good and he was tonight. Our goalie was our best player.”

Saturday’s game kicks off a five-game homestand for the Stars, who are 3-5-1 in their last nine games at American Airlines Center.

The Stars assigned RW Alex Chiasson and D Jamie Oleksiak to the Texas Stars (AHL) on Friday.

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

About the Avalanche

The Avalanche (11-14-4) haven’t played since Wednesday, when they rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to beat the Stars, 4-3, in Denver. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Avalanche, who start a four-game road trip with Saturday’s tilt against the Stars.

“It was nice to get out of that skid but we’ve got to try to get back on track on the road especially,” Avs forward Paul Stastny told the team’s official web site. “The boys are a little bit looser and a little more confident now that we’ve got that win.”

Colorado is winless in its last eight games on the road (0-5-3).

Injuries: D Ryan Wilson (ankle) and F Steve Downie (knee) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the third and final between the Stars and Avalanche.

*February 4, Dallas at Colorado: Stars 3, Avalanche 2
*March 20, Dallas at Colorado: Avalanche 4, Stars 3

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have the worst home record in the Western Conference at 6-6-2.

*Colorado has the worst road record in the West at 2-9-3.

*The Stars are 1-22 (4.5%) on the power play over the last six games.

*Colorado is 22-24 (91.7%) on the penalty kill over the last six games.

*Stars forward Ray Whitney is on a five-game points streak (3 goals, 3 assists).

*Stars forward Jaromir Jagr has seven goals over the last ten games.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Avalanche
Record 14-13-3 11-14-4
Home 6-6-2 9-5-1
Away 8-7-1 2-9-3
Last 5 2-2-1 1-4-0
Last 10 4-5-1 3-6-1
Streak Won 1 Won 1
Goals/game 2.57 (18th) 2.55 (20th)
Goals against/game 2.90 (22nd) 3.14 (27th)
5-on-5  F/A 0.95 (18th) 0.89 (22nd)
Power play 16.5 (20th) 14.3 (24th)
Penalty kill 82.3 (13th) 80.3 (18th)
Shots/game 26.9 (27th) 29.7 (13th)
Shots against/game 30.1 (20th) 32.4 (27th)
Faceoffs 47.4 25th) 50.8 (14th)
Team Leaders Stars Avalanche
Goals Jagr: 12 Duchene, Parenteau: 12
Assists: Goligoski: 15 Duchene: 19
Points: Jagr: 22 Duchene: 31
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 11-7-2, 2.41, .922
Bachman: 2-3-0, 4.27, .838
Nilstorp, 1-3-1, 3.09, .897
Campbell: 0-0-0, 0.00, .000
Varlamov: 9-13-3, 2.93, .907
Giguere: 2-1-1, 3.34, .900

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