Series (Game 1 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

Stars 0

(8-5-0, 16 pts)

Avalanche 5

(7-5-1, 15 pts)

9:00 PM ET, November 6, 2010

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
DAL 0 0 00
COL 1 2 25

P. Dupuis (Avalanche - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

P. Budaj (Avalanche - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: 1.000

K. Porter (Avalanche - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

Stars-Avalanche Preview


The Dallas Stars are suddenly overpowering opponents. They haven't come close to doing that in recent visits to Colorado.

The surging Stars look for another dominant offensive performance Saturday night as they try to beat the Avalanche at Pepsi Center for just the second time in seven tries.

Dallas (8-4-0) has outscored opponents 15-5 during a three-game winning streak, which has come immediately following three consecutive losses.

The Stars continued their hot streak Friday, going 4 for 6 on the power play and scoring a season high overall in a 6-3 victory over Phoenix. Dallas' power play is 6 for 18 during the winning streak after converting 4 of 36 chances through the first nine games of the season.

"We're trying to shoot it more and we're finding ways to get in front of the net," said right wing Loui Eriksson, whose four points against the Coyotes were a career high. "That's huge for us. We need the power play to work."

Eriksson -- who scored twice on the man advantage Friday -- and linemates Brad Richards and James Neal have combined for eight goals and nine assists during the winning streak.

"The No. 1 line is dangerous right now because of their skill and chemistry," coach Marc Crawford said. "They're a confident bunch."

Eriksson has five goals and five assists during a five-game point streak. However, the right wing didn't get a point and was minus-8 in four meetings with Colorado (6-5-1) last season, as the Stars dropped three.

Richards and Neal weren't much better in last season's series, recording one point each.

Dallas lost both visits to Denver last season, and has dropped five of its last six games in Colorado with the lone victory coming 3-2 in a shootout April 9, 2009.

The Avalanche, though, have now dropped three of four at home including a 3-1 defeat to Vancouver on Thursday.

"We weren't ourselves," center Ryan O'Reilly said. "We didn't come out with that edge we usually do. We didn't take it as we were playing a first-place team, which we have to do every night. We weren't doing the little details right. We have to rethink and get back to doing that."

Facing Dallas could be just what Chris Stewart needs to start a new scoring streak after seeing his eight-game run end against the Canucks. The right wing had eight of his team-leading nine goals during the streak, along with six assists.

Stewart has five goals and one assist in his last five games against the Stars.

Peter Budaj, who made 33 saves Thursday, is expected to get a fifth consecutive start in place of Craig Anderson, out indefinitely with a knee injury. Budaj is 3-1-1 with a 3.36 goals-against average on the season with both losses coming to Vancouver.

He's 3-0-1 with a 1.96 GAA in his last four home games against Dallas, including a 39-save performance in a 4-1 victory last Dec. 26.