Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Friday, November 4th
Game 2: Friday, November 18th
Game 3: Monday, November 28th
Game 4: Saturday, January 14th

Stars 0

(11-7-0, 22 pts)

Avalanche 3

(9-10-1, 19 pts)

9:00 PM ET, November 18, 2011

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
DAL 0 0 00
COL 1 0 23

J. Giguere (Avalanche - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: 1.000

P. Stastny (Avalanche - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

C. Kobasew (Avalanche - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Stars-Avalanche Preview


It didn't take long for the Dallas Stars to lose their luster.

A visit to the struggling Colorado Avalanche may be just what they need to end this slide.

The Stars look to rebound from their most lopsided defeat of the season and snap a three-game losing streak with another victory over the Avalanche on Friday night.

Despite losing top center Brad Richards to free agency in the offseason, Dallas (11-6-0) opened 11-3-0 and was one of the league's biggest surprises. The Stars, however, have cooled of late, losing three straight by a combined 14-3 score.

Their latest defeat was by far their worst of the season, as they were routed 6-0 by Florida at home on Tuesday.

"This is probably the most embarrassing game we've had at home in quite some time, this season anyway," captain Brenden Morrow said. "Right now, you look back, it's probably been about nine periods where we've been outworked.

"Some periods in there, 5 to 10 minutes in those games where we've done things well, but it's pretty simple, we got outworked these last few games."

Morrow has one goal in 12 games, and just three on the season. That's a major drop off from his career-high and team-leading 33 last season.

Loui Eriksson, the team leader with nine goals, has scored just once in five games. He had two goals with an assist in the contest prior to that stretch, scoring with 65 seconds left in overtime of a 7-6 win over Colorado (8-10-1) on Nov. 4.

Eriksson has four goals and three assists in the last four meetings with the Avalanche, and the Stars have won the last three.

Dallas, however, has dropped six of eight at Pepsi Center.

Colorado has just two wins in its last 11 games (2-8-1) and is 2-6-0 at home, where it plays its next eight contests.

The Avalanche appeared to be on their way to at least a point in the standings Thursday, but gave up a goal with 2:31 left in regulation to lose 1-0 at Minnesota.

Colorado went 0 for 3 on the power play in its third straight loss. The unit, which is ranked second in the league with a 25.0 percent success rate, drew the ire of coach Joe Sacco.

"Our power play has to deliver in the third period," Sacco said. "It wasn't good enough at that point. We have to step up. We have good players out there and we didn't get it done."

Matt Duchene, Milan Hejduk and David Jones lead Colorado with seven goals each, but they've combined for only six at home.

Duchene was the only member of the trio involved in the scoring against Dallas two weeks ago. The center had a hat trick and assisted on another goal by Paul Stastny.

Semyon Varlamov could be back in net after he was rested in favor of backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who made 17 saves against the Wild.

Varlamov, though, has lost his last six starts with a 4.57 goals-against average, and is 0-0-2 with a 4.65 GAA against Dallas after making 22 saves Nov. 4.

Giguere is 3-2-0 with a 1.98 GAA in six games this season.