The Dallas Stars will look to keep their current points streak going this afternoon as they continue their western Canadian road-trip against the Calgary Flames. The Stars are 5-0-1 in their last six after beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Friday, and overall they are 6-1-2 in their last nine games. While the win in Edmonton was not an overly impressive one, they got a solid effort in net from Kari Lehtonen and they scored timely goals to secure the win. In the end they got enough to out-grind the young Oilers to a nice road win. Now they will face the enigmatic Flames. While Calgary does have some big names on it’s roster (including Mike Cammalleri after being traded back to Calgary earlier this year), they constantly bounce right around the final playoff spot. They have gone 1-4-1 in their last six games coming into today’s game and currently sit behind the 8th place Stars by four points.
Toby Peterson will miss the game after the birth of his child last evening, his third. Congratulations of course go out to him, and the Stars expect him to be back with the team in Vancouver on Tuesday. Otherwise the injury list looks the same, with Brenden Morrow and Jake Dowell still out. The Calgary Flames will be without forwards Mikael Backlund, Lee Stempniak, and Blair Jones. Also defenseman Chris Butler will be out.
The puck drops from up north at 5:00PM central time tonight, and the action can be found on Fox Sports Southwest and 1310AM The Ticket. Lehtonen will start in net again for the Stars and will face-off with Miikka Kiprusoff. The veteran Kiprusoff is again putting forth a very strong season, but his efforts continue to be wasted often by the Flames. He goals-against sits at 2.35 (below his career average) and he is 16-10-3 at home this season. But Calgary remains near the bottom of the league in goals-for and 5-on-5 play. While the Stars of course want another road win tonight, they could need a strong game from Lehtonen yet again, as “Kipper” might not give the Stars a lot to work with tonight.
- The Stars are 16-14-2 on the road, the Flames are 16-10-4 at home.
- The Stars won the first meeting in overtime, 3-2, back in Dallas on Feb. 16th.