The Dallas Stars don’t have to wait long for the chance to
avenge their most recent defeat against the Colorado Avalanche.
After bouncing back from that loss, the Stars try to extend the
Avalanche’s road slide to nine games Saturday in their second
meeting in four nights.
In the mix for a playoff spot in the crowded Western Conference,
Dallas (14-13-3) has won two of three following an 0-3-1 slide.
After falling 4-3 at Colorado (11-14-4) on Wednesday, the Stars won
2-0 at Los Angeles a night later.
Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney each scored in the third period and
Kari Lehtonen made a season-high 40 saves against the Kings.
“This is when your goalie comes and gets you,” coach Glen
Gulutzan said. “Saves you in the first 40 and we picked it up in
the last 20.”
Lehtonen, who saw 34 shots at Colorado, has faced at least 40
four times this year. Dating to last season, he’s 16-4-1 when
opponents record at least 35.
Jagr and Whitney, meanwhile, each scored for the second straight
game and together for the third time in 2013. In a season-opening
win over Phoenix, they became the fourth pair of teammates 40 years
or older to score in the same contest since 1942-43.
“Age doesn’t matter. It only matters how hard you work,” said
the 41-year-old Jagr, who leads Dallas with 12 goals and 22
Whitney, who turns 41 in May, has three goals and three assists
during a five-game point streak. He has two and eight assists in
the last seven against the Avalanche.
Jagr’s 46 points (20 goals) against the Avalanche franchise are
his most against any West opponent.
Colorado snapped a season-high four-game skid with Wednesday’s
victory. Chuck Kobasew, Ryan O’Reilly and Mark Olver each had a
goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who are toiling at the bottom
of the West.
“It feels great to get a win. The last 10 days or so hasn’t been
fun around here,” said Kobasew, who has two goals in three games.
“Hopefully now that we’ve got a win under our belt we can get our
A victory away from home would certainly boost the collective
confidence of the Avalanche, who have allowed an average of 3.4
non-shootout goals during an 0-5-3 road slide. Colorado, which is
2-9-3 away from the Pepsi Center, endured an 0-8-1 road skid last
Avs coach Joe Sacco might again go with the same lineup from
Wednesday when he sat forwards Jamie McGinn and David Jones, who
have combined for one point in nine March contests. He inserted
Olver, who was a healthy scratch the previous seven games.
“We had to make some changes. Changes we felt would help our
lineup and that’s what I did,” Sacco said. “There comes a point
where you wait around for people to get the job done and after a
while you have to make a decision, hard decisions.”
Colorado’s Matt Duchene has a team-leading 31 points but none in
his last three against the Stars – all at home. He has three goals
and three assists in his last two at Dallas.