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Stars, Avalanche aim to climb out of cellar

Colorado (12-13-0) at Dallas (9-12-4), 8:30 pm EST

DALLAS (Ticker) -- With four playoff encounters in the last 10

years, the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche were forming

quite a rivalry. Neither team, however, has looked remotely

close to a postseason contender this season.

The Stars and Avalanche will both attempt to start moving in the

right direction when they meet Friday.

Dallas, which currently owns the worst record in the Western

Conference, is coming off a 5-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on

Wednesday. Mike Modano had two goals for the Stars, who had won

three of their previous four contests.

Modano also extended his NHL-record for goals by an

American-born player to 539. The 38-year-old center has 11

goals and eight assists on the campaign.

Colorado's rocky season continued Thursday as the Avalanche

suffered a 3-2 setback to the Nashville Predators. Ryan Smyth

and Wojtek Wolski scored for Colorado, which is tied with

Edmonton at the bottom of the Northwest Division.

Before the setback, the Avalanche were also showings signs of

turning their season around. They had won three of their

previous four games.

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