Stars-Flames Preview

Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars
Sunday February 17
5:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (8-6-1) wrapped up a three-game road trip with a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. It was the fifth win in the last six games for the Stars (5-1-0). The Stars, who lost goaltender Kari Lehtonen in the first period to a groin injury, overcame a 3-1 deficit, scoring late in the second and then twice in the third to secure the victory.

“It was a big win for our team,” said Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon, who scored the game winner with 3:01 remaining. “We had a game plan we wanted to stick to. We were down 3-1 in this building. There was that buzz when Henrik (Sedin) got that record (Canucks franchise points mark), and you couldn’t even hear yourself think. It was a big win for us, especially with the roll they were on and playing in this building.”

The Stars, who have played 10 of their first 15 games on the road, begin a three-game homestand Sunday, and will play 14 of their next 20 games at American Airlines Center.

Lehtonen is expected to be placed on injured reserve on Sunday, meaning he’ll miss at least one week.

Richard Bachman, who stopped 18 of 21 shots in relief in the Vancouver win, is the likely starter on Sunday.

The Stars recalled goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp from the Texas Stars on Saturday.

Injuries: G Kari Lehtonen (groin) and LW Ray Whitney (foot) are out.

About the Flames                                                  

The Flames (4-5-3) are coming off a 5-2 loss to St. Louis in Calgary on Friday. The Flames were down 4-1 after the first 20 minutes.

“We dug ourselves a really big hole against a very good hockey team,” Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman said. “Anytime you spot a team like that four goals in the first, it’s not going to be too many times you’re going to be able to come back on them.”

The Flames, who went 1-1-1 on a three-game homestand, hit the road for two games, beginning with Sunday’s tilt in Dallas.

Injuries:  G Miikka Kiprusoff (MCL), C Mikael Backlund (lower body), LW Sven Baertschi (hip), C Lance Bouma (knee) and C Paul Byron (broken hand) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of three meetings between the two teams.

*February 13, at Calgary: Flames 7, Stars 4

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 3-1-1 at home this season.

*The Flames are 2-1-1 on the road.

*The Stars have scored 12 goals over their last three games (4.0/game) and 21 over their last six games (3.5/game).

*Twelve different Dallas players have scored goals over the last six games.

*The Stars have scored three or more goals in seven of their last eight games.

*The Flames rank 29th in the NHL with a .871 team save percentage.

*The Stars have not allowed a power play goal in three of their last four games and are 11-13 (84.6%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*The Flames have allowed a power play goal in five of the last six games and are 18-25 (72.0%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Calgary is 3-6 on the power play in over the last two games, including 2-2 against Dallas last Wednesday.

*Stars center Jamie Benn has points in six straight games (4 goals, 5 assists).

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Flames
Record 8-6-1 4-5-3
Home 3-1-1 2-4-2
Away 5-5-0 2-1-1
Streak Won 1 Lost 1
Goals/game 2.47 (21st) 2.92 (8th)
Goals against/game 2.60 (14th) 3.42 (27th)
Power play 17.3 (19th) 27.3 (3rd)
Penalty kill 83.6 (8th) 70.4 (28th)
Shots/game 26.3 (28th) 30.8 (5th)
Shots against/game 31.7 (26th) 26.6 (4th)
Faceoffs 47.8 (26th) 49.0 (19th)
Team Leaders Stars Flames
Goals Benn, Eriksson, Jagr, Ryder: 4 Glencross: 6
Assists: Jagr, Roy: 7 Iginla: 8
Points: Jagr: 11 Tanguay: 11
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 7-2-1, 2.12, .934
Bachman: 1-2-0, 3.88, .861
Nilstorp, 0-2-0, 2.70, .918
Kiprusoff: 2-3-2, 3.24, .870
Irving: 2-1-1, 3.33, .833
MacDonald: 0-1-0, 3.21, .857

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