Final SO

Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Saturday, November 6th
Game 2: Saturday, November 20th
Game 3: Thursday, April 7th
Game 4: Friday, April 8th

Avalanche 4

(12-7-1, 25 pts)

Stars 3

(10-7-1, 21 pts)

8:00 PM ET, November 20, 2010

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

1 2 3 SO T
COL 1 2 0 14
DAL 0 2 1 03

M. Hejduk (Avalanche - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

M. Ribeiro (Stars - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

P. Budaj (Avalanche - G): Saves: 26, Save Pct.: .897

Avalanche-Stars Preview


Colorado has had little trouble scoring goals this week. That's also been the case when they have faced the Dallas Stars of late.

The Avalanche look to continue their offensive surge while trying to run their season-high winning streak to four games Saturday night against the Stars, who seek a sixth straight home victory.

Colorado (11-7-1) totaled 15 goals during a 3-0 homestand against St. Louis, San Jose and the New York Rangers.

Matt Duchene had a goal with two assists and Kevin Porter scored in his third straight game during Friday's 5-1 win over the Rangers.

"Guys were out there paying the price or doing what it takes to win and that's a treat to see," goaltender Craig Anderson told the Avalanche's official website.

The Avalanche have a good chance to continue their success in the offensive end against Dallas (10-7-0).

Though the Stars are trying to win six in a row at home for the first time since Nov. 20-Dec. 6, 2006, they have been outscored 20-7 while losing four of five to the Avalanche.

Peter Budaj stopped 31 shots for his only shutout of the season in Colorado's 5-0 home win over Dallas on Nov. 6.

Avalanche coach Joe Sacco has not decided if Budaj -- 7-3-1 with a 2.72 goals-against this season -- or Anderson will be in goal for this contest.

Budaj has a 1.16 GAA while winning three of five versus Dallas, but Sacco could chose to go with Anderson after he made 25 saves Friday following a 10-game absence with a knee injury. Anderson, 4-4 with a 2.88 GAA, is 3-1-0 with a 2.26 GAA against the Stars as a starter.

Porter had two of his five goals versus Dallas earlier this month. Duchene, who scored for the first time since Oct. 26, has one goal and four assists in five games against the Stars.

Despite its recent struggles with Colorado, Dallas looks for a third straight victory overall after losing three in a row.

After going without a goal in his previous 16 games, Mike Ribeiro scored the tying and winning goals in the Stars' 5-4 overtime victory over San Jose on Thursday.

It was the longest goal drought for the 11-year veteran, who has 14 assists.

"I had my chances but I stayed positive," Ribeiro said. "It's easy to get negative. Going through a drought 55 games into a season is one thing, but when it happens at the start, it's magnified. So it feels good."

Now that Ribeiro has finally scored, he can focused on ending his nine-game goal drought against the Avalanche. He has three goals in 17 games versus Colorado.

James Neal had two goals with an assist and Brad Richards added one with two assists Thursday as the Stars improved to 7-3-0 at home.

Richards has a goal in three straight games, and five in his last four at home. Seven of his nine goals have come at the American Airlines Center. However, Richards has just one assist in his last seven games versus Colorado.

Kari Lehtonen is 3-0-0 with a 1.87 GAA against the Avalanche but was not in goal against them earlier this month.