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Wednesday, December 27th (All times eastern)

Dallas Stars (23-14-0) at Colorado Avalanche (18-15-2), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche look to maintain their strong recent form when they continue a homestand this evening with a visit from the Dallas Stars.

The Avs have been playing their best hockey of the season as of late. The club has won five of their last six games to jump into a three-way tie with Edmonton and Minnesota for first place in the tightly-bunched Northwest Division.

Colorado has also won four in a row at the Pepsi Center, including Saturday's 3-2 decision over Chicago, and is 10-7-1 on home ice this season.

Wojtek Wolski was the hero against the Blackhawks, as the rookie compiled the first two-goal outing of his brief career. Joe Sakic added a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, while Jose Theodore needed to make only 17 saves to preserve the win.

Dallas comes in off last night's 2-1 loss at Chicago, but will be facing an opponent it has dominated in recent meetings. The Stars have defeated Colorado six consecutive times, including twice this season, and has emerged victorious in each of its last three trips to the Pepsi Center.

In the Stars' most recent trip to Denver, the club came through with a 3-2 overtime victory in the regular-season opener for both teams back on October 4.

Dallas had won two straight prior to Tuesday's loss to the Blackhawks, in which Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin recorded 11 of his 20 saves in the final period.

Stu Barnes netted the only goal for the Stars, who fell to 11-9-0 on the road, and Marty Turco finished with 22 saves.

Dallas continues to play without standout center Mike Modano, who has been out of the lineup since December 4 with a hip flexor, while former Hart Trophy winner Eric Lindros also sat out Tuesday's contest with an upper body injury. Lindros is questionable to return tonight.

12/27 10:43:59 ET


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