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Friday, November 16th (All times eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (11-5-1) at Dallas Stars (7-7-4), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will try to transfer their home success to foreign ice tonight, when they battle the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

Colorado is one of the top teams at home this season, as the club is 9-1 in Denver after a 4-2 victory over Minnesota on Sunday. However, the club comes into Dallas just 2-4-1 on the road.

The Avalanche open a four-game road swing tonight, and will also play in Minnesota, Calgary and Edmonton on the trip.

Paul Stastny scored twice and had an assist versus the Wild, marking his third game with at least two goals this season. Wojtek Wolski and Ryan Smyth each tallied a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who are 7-1-1 over their last nine games overall.

Peter Budaj made 25 saves for Colorado, and Joe Sakic had an assist to give him points in 10 of his last 11 games (1 goal, 12 assists). Sakic needs eight assists to become only the 11th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 helpers.

Ian Laperriere departed with a left knee injury early in the second period and didn't return. He is expected to miss 2-4 weeks due to the ailment.

Dallas is a good place for Colorado to try and shake its road woes, as the Stars have lost their last four as the host (0-3-1), and are just 3-3-2 at home this season.

That includes a 4-3 shootout loss to San Jose on Wednesday in the opener of a five-game homestand.

Brenden Morrow and Jere Lehtinen each had a goal and an assist while Marty Turco finished the game with 22 saves for the Stars, who have dropped their last three games overall.

Lehtinen is riding a five-game points streak that has seen him post two goals and six assists. He has at least one helper in each one of those five games as well.

Morrow, meanwhile, has scored in three straight games.

In the shootout, San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov made a pad save on Sergei Zubov to start the session and Devin Setoguchi followed with a wrist shot that banged off the right post and went into the net.

After Jussi Jokinen's shot went wide left, Patrick Marleau sealed the win with a wrist shot that beat Turco on the left side.

The Stars haven't lost five in a row at home since November of 1978.

It was Dallas' first game since the Stars fired general manager Doug Armstrong on Tuesday and named Brett Hull and Les Jackson interim co-general managers. Hull and Jackson will run the Stars' hockey operations for the remainder of the season.

Dallas will also get visits from Los Angeles, Anaheim and Toronto on its residency.

Colorado earned a home win over the Stars in the opener of the season series back on October 3. The Stars have won eight of the last 10 overall meetings and the Avalanche have dropped three in a row, four of five and seven of their last nine tests in Dallas.

11/16 10:38:47 ET


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