Colorado Avalanche (3-1-0) at Dallas Stars (1-3-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 14, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Dallas Stars -210 / Colorado Avalanche +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Colorado Avalanche look to continue their hot start to the season as they take to the road to battle the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
The Avalanche are coming off a big home win against the Anaheim Ducks last night and will look to keep their hot start rolling as they head to Frisco to battle the Dallas Stars in a show down of two high powered offenses. Colorado had a dismal season last year and fell well short of expectations and now with the Matt Duchene saga lingering on and a trade imminent for the Avs superstar it is a huge surprise that Colorado is off to such a strong start. The Avs are expected to send Semyon Varlamov to the crease as he will face off against Ben Bishop who is still looking to gain some confidence as the Stars new number one netminder.
The Stars head into tonight’s game with a disappointing 1-3 mark through their first four games and sit second to last in the Western Conference standings, leading only the winless Arizona Coyotes. Dallas lost a few pieces in the offseason and may have taken a step back in the picture of Western Conference contenders but with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin still on the roster they have as much talent as any other duo in the NHL and they have the ability to take over a game and send the Stars to their fair share of victories. Dallas is 5-1 in their last six Saturday games dating back to last season while the Avs have only 10 wins in their last 55 games against the Western Conference which doesn’t bode well for them here.
The Avs are 15-39 in their last 54 road games and 7-20 in their last 27 Saturday games while the Stars are 7-21 in their last 28 against the Central and 5-2 in their last seven home games. Colorado is off to a nice start but they are in a back to back here and are due for a let down against a Stars team looking for a big win.