DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 14: Paul Stastny #26, Gabriel Landeskog #92, Erik Johnson #6 and Milan Hejduk #23 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrate a goal against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on January 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Colorado Defeats Dallas, 2-1

The Colorado Avalanche picked up a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday afternoon.

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Avalanche Vs. Stars Final Score: Paul Stastny's 12th Goal Delivers 2-1 Victory For Colorado

The Colorado Avalanche snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. Paul Stastny came up with the game-winning goal midway through the third period.

Colorado was on the power play at 10:22 after Steve Ott was called for hooking on Cody McLeod. Thirteen seconds later, Paul Stastny put the puck past Kari Lehtonen for his 12th goal of the season and the game-winning score.

David Jones had netted his ninth goal of the season, with an assist to Paul Stastny, at 10:25 in the first period, carrying the Avalanche to a lead until Vernon Fiddler scored at 5:26 in the third period.

There was no shot advantage to speak of, though the Avalanche had 23 to Dallas' 22. Jean-Sebastien Giguere faced just one shot on net in the opening period. Lehtonen saw just four from the Avalanche in the third period.

Colorado (24-20-2, 50 points) will visit the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Stars blog Defending Big D. Visit SB Nation NHL for more news and notes from around the league.

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Avalanche Vs. Stars: Colorado Heads To Dallas Looking To Break Winless Streak

After blowing an early 2-0 lead against the Nashville Predators on Thursday night en route to a 3-2 overtime loss, the Colorado Avalanche head to Texas for a game against the Dallas Stars. With both teams separated by a single point in the standings, the stakes are unusually high for a mid January game.

The Stars have won three of their past four games thanks to an offensive explosion. Four forwards on the Dallas roster have scored at least five goals in their past 10 games, with center Mike Ribeiro taking over the lead with 17 goals on the season. Jamie Benn continues his breakout season with a team high 29 assists, along with 42 points on the season. The Dallas goaltending -- normally a strength -- has been unsteady the past few games. Kari Lehtonen has an .888 SV% his past six games, far below his career average.

For Colorado, Semyon Varlamov will return to net after a disappointing first period against Nashville earlier this week. The young goaltender has already surpassed his career high for starts in a season and is still struggling to finde consistency. Offensively, Ryan O "Reilly has been carrying the load for the Avalanche. He has five goals in the past 10 games to add to his team lead in goals, assists, and total points.

The puck drops at 1:00 p.m. MDT for this matinee game.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Stars blog Defending Big D.

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Avalanche Vs. Predators Final Score: Colorado Blows Lead In 3-2 Overtime Loss

The Colorado Avalanche never trailed in Thursday night's game until it was over, losing 3-2 to the Nashville Predators in overtime on the road. After blowing the lead in regulation, it took less than 40 seconds for the Avalanche to give up the game-winning goal to the Predators.

Taking a 2-0 lead into the second period, Colorado slowly lost its grip on the lead as Nashville took over the game. The Predators outshot the Avalanche 26-14 over the last two periods, pushing the game into overtime. Once there, it didn't long for Nashville to put the game away, as David Legwand scored his second goal of the game just 34 seconds into the overtime period.

The Avalanche drop to 23-20-2 on the season and have lost three straight games, including a home-and-away series against Nashville. The Predators are now 23-15-4 this season with five wins in their past six games.

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Avalanche Vs. Predators Score Update: Colorado, Nashville Going To Overtime

The Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators are going into overtime after the two teams ended regulation in a 2-2 tie. The Avalanche carried a 2-0 lead into the second period and a 2-1 lead into the third period, but ultimately they couldn't hold off Nashville's attack.

Although the Avalanche managed to maintain a 2-1 lead well into the third period, the Predators' Sergei Kostitsyn tied the game up with his ninth goal of the season. The goal, assisted by Mike Fisher and Roman Josi, was scored on one of 12 shots that Nashville got on goal during the third period.

The Predators had a major shot advantage in the final two periods, outshooting the Avalanche 26-14.

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Avalanche Vs. Predators Score Update: Colorado Leads 2-1 After Two Periods

The Colorado Avalanche gave up a goal in the second period, but they still lead 2-1 over the Nashville Predators going into the final period of Thursday night's game. Colorado scored both of its goals during the first period, and since then it has just been maintaining that lead.


Related: Avalanche at Predators, Live Thread

With Colorado leading 2-0 nearly midway through the second period, Nashville's David Legwand got the puck past Colorado goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere to slice the lead in half. The Predators had the clear advantage in the period, getting 14 shots on goal over the 20 minutes compared to just five by the Avalanche. Nashville had two power plays during the period as well, but couldn't capitalize on either one.

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Avalanche Vs. Predators Score Update: Colorado Takes 2-0 Lead Into 1st Intermission

The Colorado Avalanche are off to a strong start in Nashville on Thursday night and hold a 2-0 lead on the Predators after 20 minutes of play. Ryan O'Reilly got the scoring started for the Avs about six minutes into the game with his 12th goal of the season. He added a helper on Colorado's second goal, which was scored by Gabriel Landeskog about six minutes after the first tally.


Related: Avalanche at Predators, Live Thread

Colorado out-shot Nashville 15-7 in the period, and although the Avs were unable to convert on a few power play opportunities, Nashville obviously had no success in that area either. Colorado also won 15 of 24 faceoffs in the period.

The Avalanche are trying to snap a two-game losing streak.

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Avalanche Vs. Predators: Peter Mueller Returns To The Ice Against Nashville

The Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators are both fighting for one of the last playoff seeds in the Western Conference. On Tuesday night, the two teams met at Pepsi Center -- and the results were not pretty for Avalanche fans. Fresh off the 4-1 debacle, these teams reconvene in Nashville for their second meeting of the week.

For Colorado, Thursday's game marks the return of a long-forgotten face. Forward Peter Mueller has not played in an NHL game since October 12, 2011. He has only played three games in the past 20 months due to lingering symptoms from multiple concussions. The forgotten forward has been cleared from the Injury Reserve list and will be in the active lineup tonight, hoping to boost an Avalanche team that is sorely lacking in scoring depth since the injury to Matt Duchene in December.

Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere will get the start in net tonight for Colorado. Defenseman Erik Johnson is also expected to return to the lineup after missing the last game with an injured hand.

For the Predators, another victory against Colorado would create some separation and position them in solid playoff position with their division rivals in Chicago, Detroit, and St. Louis. Even with limited offensive threats in their lineup, the Predators are one of the toughest teams to play against in the league. Pekka Rinne is enjoying yet another All-Star caliber season, and forward Patric Hornqvist is on pace for another 25+ goal season. Sergei Kostitsyn has been hot lately as well, with four goals in their past 10 games.

Puck drops at 6:00 p.m. MDT

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Predators blog On The Forecheck.

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Peter Mueller Returns To Lineup For Colorado Avalanche

After being activated from the Injured Reserve list by the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night, the team's official twitter feed has confirmed that forward Peter Mueller will be active and in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Nashville Predators.

Mueller, 23, has not played since the third game of this season due to concussion related issues, a troubling sign after missing the entire 2010-2011 NHL season with a severe concussion. With a move into the lineup, Mueller hopes to rediscover his form from the end of the 2009-2010 season, when he scored 20 points in his first 15 games wearing an Avalanche sweater.

A healthy Peter Mueller would be a significant boost to a Colorado lineup that is sorely lacking offensive firepower. With Matt Duchene likely to miss the remainder of January with a knee injury, the Avalanche have not have consistent production from their top forwards. The team currently ranks 25th in the league with only 2.46 goals scored per game, a number that must improve if they have serious playoff aspirations.

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Predators Vs. Avalanche Final Score: Colorado Loses 4-1 At Home

The Colorado Avalanche were defeated 4-1 by the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night in another tough offensive performance from the team. Colorado has now scored just one goal over the past two games, as it was shutout by the St. Louis Blues in its previous game on Jan. 7.

Some signs of life popped up for Colorado in the second period on Tuesday night, as the Avalanche dominated the shots on goal numbers and finally capitalized with a goal in the final minute. That didn't carry over into the third period, though, as the Predators extended their lead rather than watch it dwindle.

Colorado got nine shots on goal during the third period, but it was Nashville getting on the board with one of its six shots. Patric Hornqvist scored the goal for the Predators in the latter part of the period, his 12th of the season. The Avalanche are now 23-20-1 on the season, while the Predators bump up to 23-15-4 this season.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey, and our Predators blog, On The Forecheck.

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Predators Vs. Avalanche Score Update: Colorado Scores, But Still Trails 3-1

The Colorado Avalanche continue to trail against the Nashville Predators after two periods at the Pepsi Center, but they've cut the lead to 3-1. The Avalanche were finally able to get onto the scoreboard, but the Predators maintain most of the lead that they accumulated during an impressive run in the first period.

One place where the Avalanche did show some signs of life was their ability to get shots on goal. After being dominated in that category in the first period, Colorado got 18 shots on goal in the second period compared to just six shots on goal by Nashville.

Ryan O'Reilly finally was able to take advantage of that volume late in the second period, scoring his 11th goal of the season to trim the lead to 3-1. Both teams had short power plays in the second period, but neither was able to score during its respective opportunity.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey, and our Predators blog, On The Forecheck.

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Predators Vs. Avalanche Score Update: Colorado Trails 3-0 After One Period

The Colorado Avalanche are trailing 3-0 after one period against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. It's been a dominant performance by Nashville, as the Predators have extended a nice early lead on the road. It's a brutal start for an Avalanche club that's hoping to bounce back from being shutout recently by St. Louis.

Nashville had the shot advantage in the first period, and really took advantage of it. Nick Spaling scored the first goal of the game for the Predators, and the sixth of his season, just a few minutes into the game. Ryan Ellis quickly followed that up just a few minutes later with his second goal of the season to extend the lead. And finally came Martin Erat, scoring his ninth goal of the season to put the cap on a stunning run.

It's not the kind of beginning that Colorado was looking for, but it may find some hope in the fact that it has won nine of its past ten home games.

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Avalanche Vs. Predators: Two Playoff Hopefuls Clash At Pepsi Center

The Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators meet at Pepsi Center for the first game of a home and home series. The two clubs both have playoff aspirations this season and are separated by a mere point in the standings.

The Predators have stuck to their identity of superb goaltending and a big, physical defense. Led by All-Star defenseman Shea Weber, Nashville prides itself on being an extremely difficult team to play against. As a team, the Predators spread the goalscoring around as they do not have an elite scorer on the roster. Homegrown winger Patric Hornqvist leads the team with 11 goals, one of eight Predators that have scored between eight and 11 goals on the season. With Pekka Rinne in net, this team effort approach has paid off as Nashville is aiming for their seventh playoff berth in the past nine seasons.

For Colorado, the Avalanche will have to rebound from their loss at St. Louis without the help of defensemen Erik Johnson and Shane O'Brien. The two were injured during that game and are not available against Nashville. But reinforcements are on the way, as Ryan Wilson will make his return from a head injury suffered against Vancouver in early December. Even with the injuries, Colorado is coming home after a 3-1 road trip that has made them one of the hottest clubs in the league. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov will get the start against Nashville. Varlamov has won his last four starts, allowing a mere five total goals in that span.

Puck drops at 7:00 p.m. MDT. These two teams will meet in Nashville again on Thursday night.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Predators blog On The Forecheck.

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Avalanche Schedule Preview 2012: Predators, Stars Await

The Avalanche face their two closest opponents in the Western Conference playoff chase.

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