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EDMONTON, ALBERTA – For the fifth time since 1999, the Avalanche and Dallas Stars will meet in a playoff series.

The Stars’ series closeout victory of Calgary Thursday night means the Avalanche will play them in the second round of the Western Conference NHL playoffs. The dates and times of the series have yet to be announced.

The Avalanche beat Dallas in the round-robin portion of the postseason, which helped them get the No. 2 seed in the West. Dallas went 2-0-2 against the Avs in the regular season, however.

The Stars have a veteran team, but also some good young talent, especially on defense. John Klingberg and Miro Heiskanen are excellent two-way defenders who will present the Avs with a tougher challenge in that area than the Arizona Coyotes could.

The Avs are a faster team, though, and Dallas will have a tough time keeping up in a 60-minute game. The Avs totally dominated the Stars for much of that round-robin game, though the stakes are higher now and the Stars most definitely cannot be taken lightly.

Dallas has been playing of late without No. 1 goalie Ben Bishop, who has been unfit to play. The Stars have had to go with veteran backup Anton Khudobin. The Stars have a great first line, with Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov. The talent thins out some after that on the forward lines, but veterans such as Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry are proven, tough playoff performers.

This won’t be an easy series, but the Avs figure to be favored.

The all-time playoff series record is 2-2. Dallas won back-to-back Western Conference finals in 1999 and 2000, each in seven games. The Avs beat Dallas in back-to-back seasons (2004-06) in five games apiece.

The Avalanche will have “home-ice advantage” for the series, which obviously doesn’t have the same impact with the entire playoffs here in Edmonton. But it’s worth something. The Avs will have last change in four of the seven potential games, along with a much nicer dressing room in those games, and more of a homey feel with Jake Schroeder singing the national anthem and more team-produced, in-arena Jumbotron videos and things like that.

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Josh

That series in 2000 I’ll never forget. A bunch of us were in line behind the stage at red rocks waiting to walk for our HS graduation and we were listening in on someone’s ear buds. The Avs lost the series just before it was our turn to walk.

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dp10

Ray Bourque‘s shot hitting the post in the last couple of minutes after Colorado had rallied back from a 0-3 deficit was a bitter pill to swallow. Nonetheless, those 3 playoff runs 99 through 01 were all legendary. Mind you in 99, the Avs were actually up 3-2 in the series prior to game 6 at home.

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Brian Levesque

I was listening to the Dallas post game last night and the Stars color man Daryl Reaugh actually said this, ” Colorado isn’t going to score as easily as Calgary did” Dude have a clue, the Avs just dominated Dallas in the round robin I guess he must have missed that game

Hank Braxtan

Clueless.

BigDaddyD

You must have missed the regular seasons games 😂

Brian Levesque

Who cares about games that happened 6 plus months ago, I was talking about the last time they faced each other. When Colorado is at full strength they are the superior team no question

josh adell

Bro you get a clue that game was after a huge layoff who cares about the round robin those games meant nothing. Stars beat the Avs every game in the actual season. You also need to realize the coyotes are not even a playoff team they made it because of the the new rules.

Brian Levesque

Dude I was going by the last time they played each other who cares about games 6 months ago. My point was that this guy must think that Calgary is a better team if they scored so easily

Rich

I am sorry but Daryl Reaugh Is an idiot he is one of the most bias announcers in the game today.

HamBone

You mean the team that had the most goals/game in the regular season for the entire western conference and the most goals/game of the entire NHL in the bubble?

You mean the team that scored almost half a goal more per game than Calgary during the regular season and more than half a goal more per game than Calgary in the bubble?

Is that the team that’s going to have a harder time scoring than Calgary did?

What a moron.

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Tinka

It sure seems like the “Avalanche” announcers are Dallas fans. There is more bells and whistles for Dallas goals even though the Avs apparently have “home ice”. WTF???

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