Stars-Avalanche Preview

November, 27, 2011
11/27/11
10:59
PM CT
Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche
Monday November 28
8:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (13-9-1) lost 3-0 at Phoenix Saturday, and lost goaltender Kari Lehtonen, defenseman Trevor Daley and center Vernon Fiddler to injuries during the game.

“We didn’t have it tonight and the injuries didn’t help,” said Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft, who took over for Lehtonen in the first period and stopped 33 of 36 shots. “You go down a goalie and then down to five D in the first five minutes or whatever it was, it’s tough, especially against a team that works hard down low. They kind of took it to us a little bit at times during the night.”

The Stars recalled G Richard Bachman and LW Francis Wathier from Texas (AHL) on Sunday.

Andrew Raycroft will start in goal for the Stars Monday.

Injuries: C Vernon Fiddler (groin) is probable. G Kari Lehtonen (groin), D Trevor Daley (back), LW Brenden Morrow (upper body), D Alex Goligoski (broken thumb) and RW Adam Burish (broken hand) are out.

About the Avalanche

The Avalanche (10-12-1) won for just the fourth time in the last 15 games, beating Edmonton 5-2 in Denver Saturday. Defenseman Stefan Elliot, called up due to an injury to Erik Johnson, scored a goal in his first NHL game.

“It's nice to be able to knock off both of those at once,” Elliott said. “It's something special to score my first goal, let alone it being my first game.”

Elliot’s goal was the game-winner for the Avalanche, who are 4-10-1 in their last 15 games.

Seymon Varlamov will start in goal for the Avs Monday.

Injuries: F Matt Duchene (illness) and F Gabriel Landeskog (bumps/bruises) are probable. D Erik Johnson (groin) and F Peter Mueller (concussion) are out.

Series notes

*This is the third of four meetings between the two teams.

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

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

*Friday November 4: At Dallas, Stars 7, Avalanche 6 (OT)
Friday November 18: At Colorado, Avalanche 3, Stars 0

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are averaging 1.00 goals per game when Andrew Raycroft starts in goal this season.

*The Stars have been shut out in three of the last nine games.

*The Avalanche have been shut out twice in the last five games.

*The Stars are 0-16 on the power play over the last seven games.

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

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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