Preview: Colorado at Dallas

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Saturday, April 8, 2017
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Matchup Edge
COL Edge in: DAL
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Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
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The Dallas Stars close the curtain on their disappointing season when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, missing the postseason one year after leading the Western Conference with 109 points. Dallas (77 points) fell to Nashville 7-3 on Thursday for its second loss in three games, allowing 13 goals in those setbacks as its 257 allowed this season is the second-most in the NHL to Colorado's 270.

The Avalanche, who are enduring their worst season since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995, are coming off a 4-3 loss to Minnesota that closed the home portion of their schedule. With 47 points, Colorado also clinched the NHL's worst record since the shootout was implemented in 2006-07 as it cannot surpass the 52 Buffalo totaled in 2013-14. "It's been a disaster," Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon told reporters Thursday after another tough loss. "We had a solid start, the wheels fell off and we couldn't put them back on. It would have been cool to force OT to send the fans on their way for the summer and bring some excitement back and hopefully people renew their tickets." Dallas won the last three meetings including a 4-2 victory at home Dec. 29 in the last encounter as Tyler Seguin scored twice, giving him five goals and nine points in four games versus Colorado this season.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Altitude (Colorado), FSN Southwest Plus (Dallas)

ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (22-55-3): Tyson Jost, the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft, scored his first career goal in his fourth game Thursday. Rookie Mikko Rantanen, who shares the club lead in goals (18) with Matt Duchene, could return after missing the last two contests with a lower-body injury. Captain Gabe Landeskog (17 goals, 32 points) recorded an assist Thursday to extend his point streak to three games, but will record the fewest points for a full season in his six-year career.

ABOUT THE STARS (33-37-11): Seguin leads the club with 70 points despite not recording one in the last six games and along with Devin Shore will be the only Dallas players to appear in every game this season should they suit up Saturday. Jason Spezza (50 points) has recorded three goals and two assists during a four-game point streak. Rookie Justin Dowling left in the first period of Thursday's game with an upper-body injury, and did not return.

OVERTIME

1. The Stars pulled their goaltender for the NHL-most 14th time this season Thursday as Antti Niemi was lifted at 13:02 of the first period after yielding two goals on eight shots.

2. Colorado, the only team with fewer than 12 road victories this season (9-29-1), finishes Sunday in St. Louis.

3. Seguin and F Jamie Benn lead Dallas with 25 goals apiece, but Benn hasn't scored in seven games and Seguin in six.

PREDICTION: Stars 3, Avalanche 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Colorado 22-55-2-1 L1 13-26-1-1 9-29-1-0 2-7-0-0 20-48-2-1 8-20-0-0
Dallas 33-37-9-2 L1 21-13-5-1 12-24-4-1 3-4-1-0 30-33-8-2 8-15-3-2

Last Meeting

Colorado Dallas
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/29/16 COL 2 DAL 4 19 30 0-4 34 17 0-6

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
COL T. Barrie 2
DAL J. Benn 3
Goals Player  
COL M. Duchene 1
DAL T. Seguin 2
Assists Player  
COL T. Barrie 2
DAL J. Benn 3
Saves Player  
COL C. Pickard 30
DAL K. Lehtonen 13
Season
Total Points Player  
COL N. MacKinnon 51
DAL T. Seguin 70
Goals Player  
COL M. Duchene 18
DAL J. Benn 25
Assists Player  
COL N. MacKinnon 35
DAL T. Seguin 45
Saves Player  
COL C. Pickard 1297
DAL K. Lehtonen 1374

Quickchart Matchup

Colorado Off vs  Dallas Def
2 GF
3.17 GA
28.1 Shots
29.8 Shots
29 PP
64 PK
Dallas Off vs  Colorado Def
2.7 GF
3.38 GA
30.4 Shots
31.6 Shots
45 PP
63 PK

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Colorado Overall Dallas
22-55-2-1 W/L 33-37-9-2
35-45 ATS 31-50
35-34 O/U 42-39
2.00 Goals For 2.70
3.38 Goals Agnst 3.17
Colorado A/H Dallas
9-29-1-0 W/L 21-13-5-1
17-22 ATS 15-25
16-19 O/U 23-17
1.67 Goals For 3.15
3.46 Goals Agnst 2.85
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