The Colorado Avalanche left Pepsi Center on Friday with a 4-1-0 record and feeling good about their game. Colorado coach Jared Bednar didn't like that his team scored just two goals total in losses at the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators. Rookie Tyson Jost will move from centering the third line to playing left wing on the top line with center Nathan MacKinnon and right winger Mikko Rantanen.
The Dallas Stars probably don't need to be reminded of this sports adage: Beware of the desperate team. The Stars will meet still-winless Arizona in the second half of a back-to-back on Thursday night at Gila River Arena, and their tougher-than-it-looked 3-1 victory in Dallas on Tuesday is testimony to how badly the Coyotes want to win. Arizona is 0-5-1, with only one point collected in six games -- or nine points fewer than the expansion Vegas Golden Knights have.