Stars look to secure series victory over the Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche (42-20-8, second in the Central Division during the regular season) vs. Dallas Stars (37-24-8, third in the Central Division during the regular season)
Edmonton, Alberta; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND: Dallas leads series 3-1
BOTTOM LINE: The Dallas Stars look to clinch the Western Conference second round over the Colorado Avalanche in game five. The teams meet Wednesday for the ninth time this season. The Stars won the last meeting 5-4.
The Stars are 12-9-3 against Central Division teams. Dallas has scored 42 power-play goals, converting on 21.1% of chances.
The Avalanche are 10-8-2 against opponents from the Central Division. Colorado has scored 236 goals and is fourth in the league averaging 3.4 goals per game. Nathan MacKinnon leads the team with 35.
TOP PERFORMERS: Tyler Seguin leads the Stars with 50 points, scoring 17 goals and adding 33 assists. Denis Gurianov has eight goals and two assists over the last 10 games for Dallas.
MacKinnon leads the Avalanche with 35 goals and has 93 points. Nazem Kadri has six goals and seven assists over the last 10 games for Colorado.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Stars: Averaging 3.4 goals, 5.6 assists, 4.0 penalties and 8.4 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game with a .900 save percentage.
Avalanche: Averaging 3.8 goals, 6.9 assists, 3.9 penalties and 7.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .899 save percentage.
INJURIES: Stars: Stephen Johns: out (undisclosed), Ben Bishop: out (undisclosed).
Avalanche: Matt Calvert: out (undisclosed), Philipp Grubauer: out indefinitely (leg), Joonas Donskoi: out (undisclosed), Erik Johnson: out indefinitely (undisclsoed).
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