Dallas coach Jim Montgomery had his return to Denver spoiled three weeks ago Custom Toronto Maple Leafs Jerseys , but he gets another shot at leading the Stars to a win in the city where he made his mark with the University of Denver for five seasons.Montgomery’s Stars fell to the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in a Nov. 23 game that they led with less than three minutes to go. Two late goals flipped the script, but they want to exact revenge when the teams meet again on Saturday night at Pepsi Center.For Dallas, losing in the third period against Colorado has become a season-long trend. The Stars are 2-6-2 in games in which they are tied after 40 minutes. It’s a big reason they are 16-13-3 more than a third through 2018-19.Article continues below ...“I didn’t know that stat, so I guess that’s something we have to correct,” veteran Blake Comeau told NHL.com after Thursday’s loss at San Jose. “Any time you go into a game, especially on the road, you’ve got to find a way just to grind it out and at least come away with a point.“We’ve had some games where we’ve had leads going into the third or we’re tied in the third and we come away with nothing, so that’s something we definitely have to get better at. We have to be a team that can close games out.”Dallas has a built-in advantage going into Saturday night. While Colorado was losing 4-3 in overtime in St. Louis on Friday night, the Stars were kicking back in their Denver hotel.They also added another player to the roster with the recall of forward Denis Gurianov from the Texas Stars of the AHL.Gurianov, 21, was fourth in the AHL in scoring at the time of his call-up with nine goals and 19 assists. Gurianov joins 19-year-old defenseman Miro Heiskanen on the roster, giving Dallas two solid young players.Heiskanen, the third overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft, is averaging 23 minutes of ice time this season and has 15 points from the blue line.The Avalanche boast several good, young players www.canucksshoponline.com , too, starting with the leading scorer in the NHL in 22-year-old forward Mikko Rantanen. Rantanen has 53 points and his linemate, center Nathan MacKinnon, is second with 48 points.The other player on that line, captain Gabe Landeskog, has 19 goals and 19 assists, giving Colorado one of the most formidable lines in the NHL.They have led the Avalanche (17-9-6) to near the top of the Central Division but have stumbled a bit after a 9-0-2 stretch.No. 1 goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been pulled from his last two starts and has allowed 14 goals in the last four games.“I wish I could say it’s just one thing and we go and fix it,” Stars coach Jared Bednar told HockeyBuzz.com after practice Thursday. “It’s really not; it’s our whole game, really. When you’re a step slow, we don’t look as good. When we’re not playing with the pace and tempo and intent to play a north game, we don’t look as good.”Varlamov will likely be in net Saturday after Philipp Grubauer started against the Blues. Those struggles the Vegas Golden Knights were expected to experience as an expansion team are showing up in their second season.The Golden Knights begin a daunting week-long stretch on Sunday night against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place.Vegas (8-11-1) — which was 13-6-1 through its first 20 NHL games last season en route to the Western Conference crown —finds it difficult to repeat that unprecedented success.Article continues below ...Currently seventh in the Pacific Division, the Knights look to avoid their fourth loss in five games overall after a 4-1 setback to the last-place St. Louis Blues on Friday night. Vegas has also lost eight of its last 10 on the road.Compounding matters is the upcoming schedule. Over the next week, the Golden Knights play five games against Pacific Division foes, including three straight on the road and two sets of back-to-back contests.“Definitely not the position we want to be in,” said Vegas winger Max Pacioretty Vancouver Canucks T-Shirts Womens , who has two goals and two assists in his first season with the club. “You’ve got to win against your division to make the playoffs, and I know we’re very early in the season right now, but we’ve got to string together some wins right now.”The Knights are 2-0-1 within their division.Last season, the team averaged 3.27 goals per game, but has seen that figure dip to 2.45 per contest. William Karlsson, coming off a career-high 43 goals last season, has just four so far. Erik Haula, a 29-goal scorer in the club’s first campaign, is reportedly “month-to-month” with a leg injury and key acquisition Paul Stastny hasn’t played since Oct. 8 (lower-body injury.)Karlsson had two goals versus Edmonton last season — the only Vegas player to score more than one.But the Golden Knights are getting a key performer back. After completing a 20-game ban for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, Nate Schmidt is expected to make his season debut. He was second on the team among defensemen in scoring with career highs of five goals and 31 assists, and added seven points (three goals, four assists) in the playoffs.“He’s one of our best players, so he’s going to make a difference all over the ice, I hope,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said Friday. “Solid guy Vancouver Canucks Hoodies Womens , moves the puck, skates well, you know what kind of player he is and he’s a big part of our group.”The Knights went 1-2-1 against the Oilers last season with both regulation losses coming in Alberta.Edmonton (9-9-1) heads home after a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. Alex Chiasson and Connor McDavid scored for the Oilers, but backup Mikko Koskinen surrendered two third-period goals and the Oilers dropped to 5-1-0 when leading after 40 minutes.“Every loss stinks, but it was a big game for us and we didn’t get the two points. That’s all that matters,” said center Leon Draisaitl, who assisted on McDavid’s 11th of the season.McDavid has a team-high 10 points (three goals, seven assists) at home in 2018-19 and was the Oilers’ top producer against Vegas last season with eight points (two goals, six assists) in four games. He had a pair of three-point nights in two home matchups with Vegas.“I’d say he’s the best player in the league. He’s a lot of speed and a lot of fast,” Gallant said of the reigning two-time scoring champion who needs two goals for 100 for his career.Cam Talbot has surrendered 14 goals while losing four straight starts for Edmonton. He yielded 11 goals en route to wins in three of four meetings with Vegas.The Oilers, who defeated the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday at Rogers Place, seek consecutive home wins for the first time this season.“We get another chance (Sunday) to win a hockey game. We’ll do everything we can to do so,” Draisaitl said.