NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
Dallas 1 1 0 2
Colorado 0 1 0 1
6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ET22:00 BRT, November 1, 2019
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 18,020

Stars, Avs bring mixed feelings into matchup

Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche

  1. The Avalanche won three of four meetings with the Stars last season and are 6-2-0 in the last eight matchups between the teams. Dallas has had little success in Colorado in recent years, having lost in 12 of 15 visits to the Pepsi Center since March 2013 -- its lowest winning percentage against any Western Conference team on the road over that period.
  2. Colorado has lost two straight for the first time this season following Wednesday's 4-3 overtime defeat to Florida, in which the Avalanche blew a 3-1 lead with eight minutes left in regulation. After yielding only four third-period goals over the season's first 10 games, the Avs have allowed four during their current skid.
  3. The Stars rank last in the NHL in goals per game (2.21) despite scoring a season-high six in Tuesday's win over the Wild, while they're 27th overall in power-play percentage (10.0). Dallas is 3-for-34 on the power play in 11 games versus Colorado since Dec. 29, 2016, including a 1-for-14 effort on the road.
  4. Nathan MacKinnon has at least one point in all 12 of the Avalanche's games, the longest streak to begin a season since the club moved to Colorado in 1995-96 and the longest in franchise history since Joe Sakic's 12-game run in 1988-89. The last player to open a season on a 13-game point streak was Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg (17) in 2007-08.
  5. Roope Hintz leads the Stars with seven goals, tied with Vancouver's Brock Boeser for the second-most this season among players 22 years old or younger (Auston Matthews, 11). Avs rookie Cale Maker's 10 points are tied (with Rasmus Dahlin, Quinn Hughes) for the most among defenseman 21 or younger, while Dallas' Miro Heiskanen ranks fourth on that list with eight points.
  6. Pierre-Edouard Bellamare recorded his seventh point in 12 games this season with an assist in Wednesday's loss to Florida. In Bellamare's previous five NHL seasons, the earliest the 34-year-old reached seven points was in 27 games (with Vegas in 2018-19).
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche have very different feelings heading into their matchup in Denver on Friday night.

The Stars are feeling good after rallying to beat the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, while a banged-up Colorado team is coming off a game in which it squandered a two-goal lead in the third period to the Florida Panthers and lost 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday.

"That's a game where we need to get two points," said Avalanche forward Matt Nieto, who scored the first goal of the night. "We are two goals ahead ... in a really good spot at home and that's a game where we have to walk away with two points."

Colorado has a chance to do that and salvage at least one win on its three-game homestand that has been marked by bad news. The Avalanche lost captain Gabriel Landeskog to a serious lower-body injury that coach Jared Bednar said will cost the forward "significant time," and Tuesday third-line forward Colin Wilson went down with an injury.

Wilson didn't practice Thursday and his status for the upcoming two-game road trip is questionable. Bednar said the team will likely call up a forward before Saturday's game at the Arizona Coyotes.

Defenseman Nikita Zadorov missed practice on Thursday. Bednar said he was a "dinged up" in the overtime loss to Florida.

Zadorov drew the ire of the Panthers after his hit on center Jayce Hawryluk early in the third. He later traded slashes with forward Dryden Hunt, and then the two fought, drawing 10-minute misconduct penalties.

Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon hasn't slowed down despite losing his linemates, Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen, to injury. He had a goal and an assist Wednesday night and extended his point streak to 12 games. It's the longest point streak to start a season since the Avalanche moved to Denver.

Colorado's strong start to the season has it in a good position in the standings, but it has lost two in a row for the first time this year. The Stars have stumbled out of the gate, and when they fell behind the Wild 3-0 they started hearing boos from the home crowd.

Alexander Radulov's hat trick helped Dallas rally to win 6-3 and may give the Stars momentum coming into Denver. Goaltender Ben Bishop was pulled after the first period and coach Jim Montgomery said he talked with him.

"Those are things that you're going to discuss because you don't want anything to fester," Montgomery told The Dallas Morning News. "Bish actually came and saw me before; I didn't know he was here before I had a chance to go get him. Then him and (goalie coach Jeff Reese) will keep doing the great work they've done together since Bish has been here. We know Bish is our No. 1. We know Bish is going to do a great job for us."

Stars forward Blake Comeau won't face his former team Friday night while he recovers from a knee injury suffered in the season opener. Montgomery said Comeau could be ready for Saturday night's game against Montreal, but if he isn't, he should be cleared by the time the Avalanche visit Dallas on Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 1, 2019

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