Facing the struggling Colorado Avalanche could help the Stars begin the month on a positive note. Especially with the first month under new coach Glen Gulutzan a major success.
Dallas concludes a three game home stand Friday against an Avalanche team that may be glad to be skating outside of Denver.
The Stars would like to increase their shots per game, they rank near the bottom of the NHL with 26.6 shots per game. The club is 6-1-0 in games it has been outshot.
Kari Lehtonen went 8-1-0 with a 1.75 GAA for the month of October. HE has been in net for six of those contests as the Stars killed 32 of 36 penalties.
However, slowing down the Avs’ power play unit could be a challenge. Colorado (7-5-0) has converted 35.7 percent of it’s chances in the last nine games, including 8 of 14 on the road.
But the Avalanche went 0 for 4 on Wednesday in a 4-1 home loss to Phoenix. They’re 2-4-0 since a five game winning streak and have totaled just five goals in their five losses.
The Avs’ are averaging a league worst just 1.2 goals on home ice, where they are 1-4-0. But have scored 24 times while posting the league’s best road record at 6-1-0.
Although facing Lehtonen, who is 5-0-1 with a 2.14 GAA in six starts against Colorado, could slow down that production. He has a 1.82 GAA while winning five of six at home.
As for Avanache’s goaltender, Semyon Varlamov, 4-0-0 with a 2.59 GAA on the road, has never started in Dallas.
Colorado Avalanche – Semyon Varlamov
Dallas Stars – Kari Lehtonen
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