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Monday, November 20th (All times eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (9-9-2) at Dallas Stars (13-6-0), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will shoot for their first three- game winning streak of the season tonight when they battle the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center.

The Avalanche have won back-to-back games in Columbus and Minnesota to begin a three-game road trip. Colorado is 5-3-1 away from Denver this season.

Colorado's latest triumph came Saturday evening in St. Paul as Joe Sakic's first career shootout goal lifted the team to a 2-1 victory over the Wild at Xcel Energy Center.

Sakic also tallied a goal in regulation and Peter Budaj stopped 28 shots and two of three shooters for the Avalanche, who have won two straight on the heels of a four-game skid. They won 3-0 at Columbus on Friday.

The Stars will try to rebound from Saturday's loss at Carolina. Eric Staal recorded his third-career hat trick, with the final tally coming at the end of a wild third period, as the Hurricanes hung on to beat Dallas, 5-4, at the RBC Center.

Jussi Jokinen, Patrik Stefan, Jeff Halpern and Jaroslav Modry all tallied for the Stars, who were coming off a 5-3 win in Atlanta. Marty Turco stopped 20- of-24 shots in defeat.

Dallas trailed 3-1 after two periods, but evened the game on goals by Stefan and Halpern around the midway point of the third period. Carolina took the lead and on Justin Williams' goal with 6:32 left and Staal completed his hat trick and made it a two-goal game on an empty-netter with 46 seconds left. Modry's goal with one second left proved to be too little, too late.

The Stars kick off a three-game homestand tonight. Dallas, which is 5-2-0 as the host this year, will also welcome Nashville and Los Angeles on this stand.

Dallas edged Colorado, 3-2, in overtime on opening night in Denver and has won four consecutive meetings.

11/20 10:30:01 ET


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