Avalanche at Stars
7:30 p.m. Thursday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
TV: FSSW Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM
Records: Avalanche 7-8-0, 14 points; Stars 6-6-5, 17 pts.
About the Avalanche: After starting the season 3-1 with 14 goals, Colorado has scored just 17 goals in its last 11 games, including three shutout losses. Center Matt Duchene leads the team in goals (6) and points (11) but has missed the past two games with concussion-like symptoms. Semyon Varlamov has struggled in goal this season, going 4-7 with a 3.01 goals-against average and five games with at least four goals allowed, including the season-opening win over Dallas. But he appears to be righting himself lately. In his past three starts, each at home, Varlamov is 2-1 with four goals allowed and 96 saves.
About the Stars: Overtime is no time for the Stars. Dallas’ last two games have been overtime losses and the team is 0-5 this season in the extra period. The Stars also lost their last four regular-season overtime games last year and two of three in the playoffs. Tyler Seguin shares the team lead, with Patrick Eaves, at seven goals and has 20 points, one off the NHL lead. Reinforcements could be arriving soon for Dallas. Cody Eakin (knee) could make his season debut on Thursday and Patrick Sharp, out since Oct. 20 with a concussion, might be back as soon as Saturday against Edmonton.