Paul Stastny may be hoping to turn a scoring outburst into the
start of a streak.
Another meeting with the Dallas Stars might be exactly what he
Stastny attempts to build on his best performance of the season
Tuesday night and help the Colorado Avalanche complete a
home-and-home sweep of the Stars.
Stastny went nine games without a point and missed two other
contests over that stretch with a back injury. The center ended
that drought in a big way Monday, scoring two goals and assisting
on two others in a 6-2 home win over Dallas.
“I always put pressure on myself,” Stastny said. “Of anyone I
was probably the most frustrated. Whether I show it or not, you
guys won’t see it.”
The two-time All-Star likely is looking forward to another
meeting with the Stars since he’s totaled 30 points over his last
24 games, including 14 in 12 at Dallas.
Stastny has a six-game point streak at American Airlines Center,
totaling seven goals and three assists. He extended his goal streak
there to four games by scoring twice on Nov. 1, netting the
decisive tally in overtime of a 3-2 victory.
P.A. Parenteau is also looking for another big performance
against the Stars after matching his career high with three assists
Monday. The right wing has 12 points in nine career meetings, but
was kept off the score sheet in Dallas last month.
The Avalanche (22-9-1) matched their season high in scoring
after opening 2013-14 with a 6-1 win over Anaheim on Oct. 2 despite
going 0 for 5 on the power play. That unit is scoreless on the last
31 chances spanning 11 games.
Still, coach Patrick Roy felt encouraged by the latest
“The power play was really good, to be honest. We had a lot of
shots,” Roy said. “What else can you do? I don’t want to over talk
about the power play; we didn’t need the power play.”
Colorado has won all three season meetings with Dallas.
The Stars (15-12-5) left themselves plenty of room for
improvement after getting outshot 21-10 in the opening period
before giving up four goals in the second.
“That was pretty much us laying an egg,” left wing Jamie Benn
said. “They came out strong and jumped all over us.”
Benn was held without a point and was a minus-2 Monday, but he
may benefit from a return home. He has two goals and nine assists
in eight career games there against the Avalanche.
Tyler Seguin has been a rare bright spot against Colorado this
season, scoring two goals and setting up three others. He had two
points Monday after tallying two goals and two assists in a 6-4 win
at Winnipeg two days earlier.
Seguin leads the Stars with 18 goals and 33 points.
Rookie defenseman Kevin Connauton – recalled from Texas of the
AHL earlier this month – is looking to build on his first goal in
seven career games.
“I was elated,” he said. “The elation wore off pretty quick – as
quick as it took them to take over in the second period.”