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After a 5-3 win in game one, the Stars are gunning for their second victory of the second round and with a backup tender between the pipes for Colorado, they may just find it. Colorado looked flat at times in game one and with a bruised ego they may be ready to topple.
We believe they’ll rebound though. This team is just too good to sink after one game. Colorado scraps their way back into an evened series with a 5-3 win.
Avalanche to win at -165
The Dallas Stars have won four of their last six overall on one day’s rest. Meanwhile, the Avs are 4-0 following a game when they’ve allowed five or more goals.
|Dallas Stars vs Colorado Avalanche Game Information|
|What||Dallas Stars vs Colorado Avalanche|
|Where||Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB|
|When||August 24, 2020 9:45pm EST|
|How to watch||NBC Sports, Sportsnet|
The Dallas Stars jumped out to an early series lead which nobody really saw coming. They outplayed Colorado on numerous fronts but above all the Avs starting netminder Philipp Grubauer went down wincing early with a leg injury. We’ve since learned that he will not be ready to return for game two.
Pardon the pun but Dallas now has a huge leg up in this series and another strong effort on Tuesday could really push Colorado toward the brink. The Stars relied on their blueline, secondary scorers, and the play of Anton Khudobin in game one. They truly put forth an all-around effort. They’ll need another to stay ahead of the curve in this one.
Led by breakout sophomore Miro Heiskanen, the Dallas blueline scoring has been quite evident. Miro has 13-points through 10 games so far in this bubble hockey format and nine since the actual playoffs began two weeks ago. He’ll be relied upon heavily the rest of the way through and the more chances he gets, the better the scoreboards will read for Dallas.
While the Stars defenders have gotten in on the scoring on a regular basis their studs Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin have had far less production. Benn has a mere two goals in 10 games, while Seguin has only mustered up one goal and five points through nine tilts.
The Stars will need to find production from their headliners if they want to continue their hot start to this series and postseason. Perhaps playing a backup netminder in game two could be the break they’ve been waiting for.
The Avalanche has been regarded by many as the favorites in the West. Some have even banked on them to win it all in a few week’s time. Sadly, these wagers were made before Grubauer went down and Pavel Francouz stepped in. The good news for the Avs is that Francouz isn’t your typical backup.
Yes, he is 1-2 thus far in the bubble since the hockey restart but he also has one of the lowest goals-against going at 1.59. He also picked up a 21-7-4 record through his first full season in the league this year. While he is a little raw, he’s definitely serviceable. The onus won’t be squarely on him from here on out either. It’ll be on the team’s big-name players to produce at the other end.
Nate MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Cale Makar, and Nazem Kadri need to keep making noise upfront. If they can continue to run up the board as they have all postseason, the rest of the intangibles should figure themselves out. Colorado is a good team defensively and can also play a decent shutdown game.
The Avs trail in the series after one but their issues don’t require overly complicated fixes.
Ryan has worked as a sports writer for the past decade and sports journalism for almost 15 years. He has worked in television, radio, print, digital, and podcasting since 2006. He is also the former co-host of the NFL Weekly Pick 'Em and Best Bets Podcast along with the Prop Drop on WSN.com.More info on Ryan Sullivan
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