Stars-Avalanche Preview

April, 7, 2011
4/07/11
12:27
AM CT
Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars
Thursday April 7
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK 1310 AM

Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche
Friday April 8
8:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK 1310 AM

About the Stars

The Stars defeated Columbus 3-0 Tuesday at American Airlines Center to keep their playoff hopes alive. Kari Lehtonen stopped 23 shots for his third shutout of the season.

“It’s always nice when you don’t let any goals in, especially in a situation like this one where you have to win,” said Lehtonen. “That was good that I was able to do my part and the guys did their part and that usually equals two points.”

Lehtonen is expected to start in goal for the Stars.

The Stars have won consecutive games for the first time since March 5-7 when they defeated San Jose and Los Angeles on the road.

Injuries: F Adam Burish (leg) is day-to-day. D Nicklas Grossman (knee) and F Brian Sutherby (back) are out.

About the Avalanche

The Avalanche lost for the sixth time in the last seven games, falling 3-1 at St. Louis on Tuesday.

"It was a spirited game for two teams that aren't going to the playoffs," Colorado coach Joe Sacco said. "There was a lot of intensity. For the most part, we played hard."

Colorado called up Shawn Belle and Ray Macias from Lake Erie (AHL) on Tuesday.

Injuries: D Adam Foote (leg) is day-to-day. F Matt Hunwick (head) and F David Jones (leg) are doubtful. F Paul Stastny (leg), F Tomas Fleischmann (blood clots), F TJ Galiardi (arm), Peter Mueller (concussion), D John-Michael Liles (concussion), Kyle Quincey (shoulder), Kyle Cumiskey (whiplash) and Cameron Gaunce (finger) are out.

Series Notes

*These will be the third and fourth meetings between the two teams.

*The Stars are 0-1-1 in the season series and the Avalanche are 2-0-0.

*Saturday November 6 |at Colorado |Colorado 5, Dallas 0
*Saturday November 20 | at Dallas | Colorado , Dallas 3 (SO)

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 9-10 (90.0%) on the penalty kill over the last six games and 17-19 (89.5%) over the last nine games.

*Colorado is 0-9 on the power play over the last four games.

*The Stars have scored on the power play in five of their last seven games.

*Colorado has allowed seven power play goals over the last seven games and is 16-23 (69.6%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Colorado has one regulation win (February 22 at St. Louis) in its last 29 games. The Avalanche are 4-23-2 during that stretch with their three other wins coming in the shootout.

*Colorado’s last four games against teams in the Western Conference playoff games have all been decided by one goal. They are 1-3-0, including a shootout win at Phoenix.


Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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