A brief morning skate notebook here, as the Avs host the Dallas Stars for the third time this season, tonight at 6 p.m.

  • Jonathan Bernier will get the start in goal. Bernie has played well of late, so this isn’t a surprise. I do think this will be a very tough game though. Dallas has lost twice in Denver already this season, and Ken Hitchcock is a smart coach. He’s going to make adjustments, and it’s just tough to beat any team three times in succession anywhere.
  • J.T. Compher gets the job tonight on the top line, with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. Nail Yakupov will take the spot on the second line vacated by Compher, with Alexander Kerfoot and Tyson Jost. Compher was playing with MacK and Rants for much of the third period in the game against New Jersey Friday.
  • Sven Andrighetto goes back to the fourth line, with Dominic Toninato and Gabriel Bourque.
  • Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars, who have won four straight games.

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Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater is a staff writer with BSNDenver. He started his journalism career way, way back in 1988 as a proofreader with the Concord Monitor as a kid out of college (Keene State College), and has wended its way since with a 25-year stop at The Denver Post, 20 of which were spent as the beat writer of the Colorado Avalanche, from its inception in 1995. Adrian has also worked as a primary hockey writer with Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, The Hockey News, Versus.com and Bleacher Report. He is the author of seven sports books, including the best-selling “Blood Feud: Colorado Avalanche v. Detroit Red Wings, The Inside Story of Pro Sports’ Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era” and “100 Things Avalanche Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die”, which was published in October, 2016.