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Monday, January 27th (All times Eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (32-14-5) at Dallas Stars (24-20-8), 8:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The red-hot Dallas Stars will try to push their winning streak to a season-high four straight games on Monday night when they face the Colorado Avalanche.

The Stars have outscored their opponents 14-1 over their first three-game winning streak since Nov. 13-17 and it comes at a great time as they had lost nine of 10 before this stretch. Dallas now sits six points behind Minnesota for eighth place in the Western Conference.

Kari Lehtonen has keyed the Stars' current win streak, posting two shutouts and stopping 66-of-67 shots faced. He stopped all 24 shots fired his way in Saturday's 3-0 win over Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Lehtonen posted his third shutout of the season and 25th of his career, supported by goals from Sergei Gonchar, Jamie Benn and Rich Peverley. The netminder also assisted on Gonchar's first-period power-play goal, while Benn has two goals and six points over his last three games.

"The last three games have all been excellent from all three zones. Tonight was a very good win for our team," Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said.

Dallas has won the first three of its five-game homestand and will try to win four in a row for the first time since April 5-13 of last season.

Colorado aims to finish off a three-game road trip with a victory and avoid a third loss in four games. The Avs began the swing with a 3-2 victory in Florida on Friday, but lost 5-2 the following night to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves in the win over the Panthers and the Avs were slated to start backup Jean-Sebastian Giguere on Saturday, but he was unable to go due to a stiff back. That led to 21-year-old Sami Aittokallio making the start, the second of his career.

The youngster yielded three goals on 18 shots and was lifted after the second period. All three goals allowed came in the middle frame as he made 11 saves in the opening period before getting beat on a rebound goal and then a knuckler from the top right of the circle in a 1:33 span of the second.

"Those first two goals, I've got to make those saves," Aittokallio admitted.

John Mitchell and Tyson Barrie scored goals in the final two minutes of the second period, but Varlamov was beaten twice on 11 shots in the third.

Though he didn't get the full rest the Avs wanted, Varlamov should be back in net tonight. He has won all three of his starts versus the Stars this season, posting a 1.97 goals against average, and is 4-3-2 against them lifetime with a 3.27 GAA.

Lehtonen is 0-1-1 versus the Avalanche this season, yielding nine goals on 77 shots, but still a solid 8-4-2 in his career with a 2.76 GAA in his career against them.

The Avalanche won their first three meetings with the Stars this season before dropping the back end of a home-and-home set on Dec. 17 in Dallas. They have lost four of their last six as the visitor in this series.

01/27 19:54:00 ET

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Local
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
CLE 98
ATL 127
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
4th
DET 100
DAL 105
 
4th
BOS 107
ORL 92
 
4th
MIA 69
UTA 79
 
3rd
TOR 70
BRK 66
 
Half
SAN 45
MEM 52
 
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DEN
HOU
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LAC
IND
Final
UNT 78
LANG 65
 
Final
Terriers 64
DELST 72
 
Final
MSST 55
ARKST 69
 
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
GMAS 99
CATAWBA 69
 
Final
WOFF 64
CSOU 58
 
Final
HIGH 106
FERR 48
 
Final
JVU 68
GWEBB 65
 
Final
ILL 73
HAMP 55
 
Final
BST 52
JMU 72
 
Final
YOUNG 84
KNST 90
 
Final
UMO 71
LONG 60
 
Final
PITT 65
MAN 56
Final
OSU 97
NCAT 55
Final
FSU 93
UNF 77
 
Final
TOL 83
RMU 57
 
Final
CAMP 70
SIUE 65
 
Final
DUQ 52
RFLSH 67
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
UCF 75
DET 70
 
1st OT
UNCW 65
LIB 62
 
2nd
LOYC 65
ABCHRIST 39
 
2nd
MURST 79
ALCOR 46
 
Half
HOU 16
ARKPB 27
 
2nd
NW 57
CMICH 73
 
2nd
WKENT 64
CHIST 52
 
2nd
ODU 42
UGST 50
 
2nd
SMU 54
ILLCH 41
 
2nd
LALAF 104
MLGN 74
 
2nd
TULSA 68
MIZST 65
 
2nd
UWGB 59
MORE 42
 
2nd
NEOM 77
NCOL 62
 
2nd
TTU 73
SCST 30
 
2nd
DEN 58
TAMCC 47
 
Half
STEPH 27
TXST 30
 
2nd
STLU 54
TXPA 51
 
Half
MEM 42
USCU 29
 
2nd
ILLST 50
TENNM 52
 
1st
MSU 25
EMICH 16
 
1st
GRCN 44
INCWORD 34
 
1st
STAN 21
LMU 31
 
1st
BAY 24
NMST 20
 
1st
CIN 18
SDST 20
 
1st
AUB 28
WINT 18
 
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CARK
 
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HOW
 
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CPSL
NE
 
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UNLV
PORT
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CSNO
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Final
NJD 0
OTT 2
2nd Intermission
MIN 1
BOS 2
 
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