The Colorado Avalanche attempt to defeat the Dallas Stars for the second time in four days when the teams reconvene at American Airlines Center on Saturday. Chuck Kobasew, Ryan O'Reilly and Mark Olver each collected a goal and an assist as Colorado snapped a four-game skid with a 4-3 triumph over Dallas on Wednesday. The road hasn't been friendly for the Avalanche, who are winless in their last eight away from the Rocky Mountains (0-5-3) while registering just two victories in 14 contests (2-9-3).
Dallas rebounded from the setback to shut out Pacific Division-rival Los Angeles on Thursday. Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney scored while Kari Lehtonen turned aside a season-high 40 shots in the win - the Stars' second in seven games (2-4-1). Lehtonen made 34 saves on Wednesday to drop to 7-3-1 lifetime versus Colorado.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, Altitude (Colorado), FSN Southwest (Dallas)
ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (11-14-4): Captain Gabriel Landeskog scored a short-handed tally for the second time in as many games, becoming the first Avalanche player to accomplish the feat since Joe Sakic in February 2001. Landeskog is riding a four-game goal-scoring streak, but Colorado needs better attention to detail on the other end of the ice. The Avalanche have yielded 23 goals in their last five contests.
ABOUT THE STARS (14-13-3): Jagr, who sits two assists shy of 1,000 for his career, could reach the milestone if history is any indication. The veteran has recorded 46 points in 36 career games versus Colorado - the most he has produced against any Western Conference team. Whitney, another elder statesmen, has collected three goals and as many assists during his five-game point streak.
1. Dallas is 1-for-22 on the power play in its last six contests.
2. Colorado has killed off 22-of-24 short-handed situations in its last seven games.
3. Dallas assigned D Jamie Oleksiak to Texas of the American Hockey League. Oleksiak recorded two assists in 16 games with the NHL's Stars.
PREDICTION: Stars 4, Avalanche 2