Avalanche: Goalie Semyon Varlamov remained off the ice Wednesday and didn’t make the trip. Calvin Pickard will get the start in net and the recalled Jeremy Smith will serve as the backup. … Varlamov has been unavailable for five of the past seven games because of groin muscle issues. … Tyson Barrie didn’t practice Wednesday, but the Avs said it was a maintenance day. … This is a one-game trip for Colorado, which will meet the New York Rangers at home Saturday night.
Stars: They are on a four-game points streak (3-0-1) and coming off 3-2 triumph Tuesday at Arizona. They are on a two-game home winning streak against the Avalanche and have won four of the last five games (4-1-0). Dallas is 2-1 against Colorado this season, scoring five power-play goals in those games. Since losing 6-5 in Denver in the season opener for both teams, the Stars have defeated the Avs 3-2 and 3-0.