Stars-Flames Preview

Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars
Monday March 18
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (12-12-3) are coming off a 8-1 loss to Chicago at American Airlines Center Saturday night. The loss extended the Stars’ winless streak to four games (0-3-1).

“We’ve been concerned with our starts here for a while, but we usually battle back. Tonight it started bad and got worse,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “We certainly got humbled. We knew they were a good team coming in. We’d like to think we were prepared for it and expected it but obviously we weren’t.”

The Stars fell to 0-2-1 on their current homestand, during which they have been outscored 14-2.

Injuries: RW Ryan Garbutt (hand) is doubtful. D Aaron Rome (foot) is out.

About the Flames

The Flames (11-11-4) last played Friday, when they defeated Nashville 6-3 in Calgary. It was the second straight win for the Flames, who bounced back after an 0-3-0 road trip through California.

“A hockey schedule, it’s game after game,” Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. “You can’t sit too long on success or you can’t sit too long on defeats. Credit to our players, they turned it around.”

Calgary, which has won six straight at home, now hits the road, where they’ve dropped six in a row.

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff did not travel to Dallas with the Flames. He stayed in Calgary to be with his wife, who is expecting the couple’s second child soon.

Joey MacDonald will start in goal for the Flames.

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

Series Notes

*This is the third and final meeting between the two teams.

*February 13, Dallas at Calgary: Flames 7, Stars 4
*February 17, Calgary at Dallas: Flames, 4, Stars 3

Statistical tidbits

*The Flames are winless in their last six games on the road (0-5-1) and have been outscored 24-8.

*Calgary’s last road win was February 17 at Dallas (4-3).

*The Stars are winless in their last four games overall and have been outscored 16-3, including goals awarded for shootout wins.

*The Stars have scored one even-strength goal over their past four games.

*The Flames have been shorthanded just six times over the last four games, but they’ve given up four power play goals. They are 2-6 on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Flames forward Curtis Glencross has scored four goals over the last two games.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Flames
Record 12-12-3 11-11-4
Home 5-6-2 8-5-2
Away 7-6-1 3-6-2
Last 5 1-3-1 2-3-0
Last 10 4-4-2 5-4-1
Streak Lost 1 Won 2
Goals/game 2.52 (19th) 2.88 (12th)
Goals against/game 2.96 (22nd) 3.23 (28th)
5-on-5  F/A 0.85 (23rd) 0.81 (26th)
Power play 18.4 (15th) 20.4 (8th)
Penalty kill 82.6 (12th) 76.2 (28th)
Shots/game 27.0 (27th) 27.7 (22nd)
Shots against/game 30.0 (20th) 28.3 (12th)
Faceoffs 47.4  (25th) 47.3 (26th)
Team Leaders Stars Flames
Goals Jagr: 10 Glencross: 12
Assists: Goligoski: 13 Stajan: 14
Points: Jagr: 18 Tanguay: 21
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 9-6-2, 2.43, .922
Bachman: 2-3-0, 4.27, .838
Nilstorp, 1-3-1, 3.09, .897
Kiprusoff: 5-5-2, 3.27, .876
MacDonald: 3-4-1, 2.85, .900
Irving: 2-1-1, 3.33, .883
Taylor: 1-1-0, 3.00, .912

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