Dallas Stars really need a win against NHL’s worst team



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StorylineFor just the second time this season, Dallas has the chance to win three games in a row. Dallas lost to Vancouver in overtime Nov. 13 following wins at Calgary and Edmonton. The Stars are in the middle of a 4 1 1 run and are playing the worst team in the NHL. You always say “they need to win this game,” but they really need to win this game.

MacKinnon has fought through a tough season and been a force to contend with every night. He has two goals and two assists in three games against the Stars this season and leads the Avalanche with 25 points (9 goals, 16 assists). Seguin has topped MacKinnon with three goals and three assists in three games against Colorado this season. He leads the Stars 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists)

Key Number Minus 1.21

That’s the goal differential for the Avalanche, worst in the NHL. Colorado ranks last in goals scored (2.06), goals against (3.26) and that leads them to be last in record (12 21 1).

NotableDallas (15 14 7) is coming off a 3 2 win at Arizona Tuesday and is 10 5 3 at home.

Colorado (12 21 1) is coming off a 6 3 loss to Calgary at home Tuesday and is 8 9 0 on the road. The Avalanche is 1 6 0 in its past seven games.

Dallas is 2 8 4 in games following a win this season.

is expected to start for the Stars. He is 8 10 3 with a 2.83 GAA and .900 save percentage. He is coming off a 3 2 win at Arizona Tuesday and is 9 3 3 in his career against Colorado with a 3.05 GAA and .890 save percentage. He is 1 1 1 in his career against the Stars with a 3.01 GAA and .908 save percentage.

(upper body) and (concussion) are both close to being ready, but both remain on IR.

returns after serving a four game suspension for hitting Rangers goalie . Eakin’s return allowed the team to assign Jason Dickinson to the AHL Wednesday.

Stephen Johns and are expected to be healthy scratches on defense for Dallas. This is the 10 scratch for Nemeth in the past 12 games.

The Stars are 2 1 0 against the Avalanche this season, losing the first game 6 5 Oct. 15 at Colorado, then winning 3 2 at Dallas Nov. 17 and 3 0 at Colorado Dec. 3.

He said it”You feel for him when they’re bouncing off the back and in front Cheap NHL Jerseys
of people and stuff, but at the same time it’s in our zone, and we’re not pushing it their way. There were some unfortunate plays, but we still take responsibility for that and have to find ways to be better. They were better than us tonight.”

Colorado forward on goalie after a 6 3 loss to Calgary.

“We’ve really tried to look at it game by game, knowing Antti has played better at home and Kari has played better on the road. If you look at this game, Kari played a really strong game against them last time, but we also want to get Antti back in, because he’s been really good. We go through this process almost every game, weighing different numbers and trying to balance all of that.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff on the decision to play Friday. Lehtonen had a 23 save shutout Dec. 3 in a 3 0 win at Colorado.

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