Stars-Flames Preview

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 8:21 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Flames Preview

Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames
Thursday, November 14
8 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (9-7-2) ran their road winning streak to four games with a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night. Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 shots for his first shutout of the season and the 23rd of his career.

“When he is on the top of his game he is one of the best in the league,” Stars forward Shawn Horcoff said about Lehtonen. “He gives us a chance every night.”

Rich Peverley’s second period goal held up as the game-winner for the Stars. Tyler Seguin and Antoine Roussel sealed the victory with empty-net goals in the final minute.

The Stars improved to 6-2-2 since Lehtonen returned from a lower body injury.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff indicated Lehtonen, who has started the last ten games, could get the nod in net again Thursday night against the Flames.

“He told me his favorite number is eleven,” Ruff joked when asked if Lehtonen could start Thursday. “I don’t know what to read into that.”

Injuries: LW Ray Whitney (lower body) is out.

About the Flames

The Flames (6-9-3) are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to San Jose in Calgary on Tuesday. The Flames rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to force overtime, but Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart scored 1:13 into the extra period to give San Jose the extra point. Calgary was outshot 35-13, but goaltender Reto Berra kept them in the game with a 32-save effort.

"If not for Reto Berra, the Sharks can get on the plane after the first period and they'd already have the two points," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said.

The Flames have lost four straight games (0-3-1) and six of their last seven (1-5-1).

Injuries: C Christopher Breen (abdomen) is questionable. D Mark Giordano (ankle) and LW Curtis Glencross (knee) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of three meetings between the Stars and Flames.

*The Stars won the first meeting, 5-1, in Dallas on October 24.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have won four straight games on the road.

*The Flames have lost three in a row at home (0-2-1).

*The Stars are 6-2-2 in their last ten games.

*Since their 3-0-2 start to the season, the Flames have lost 10 of their last 13 games (3-9-1).

*The Stars are 3-47 (6.4 percent) on the power play over the last 13 games.

*The Flames are 1-32 (3.1 percent) on the power play over the last 10 games.

*The Stars are 25-28 (89.3) percent on the penalty kill over the last 10 games.

*The Flames have allowed a power play goal in each of the last five games and are 9-14 (64.3 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (8) and points (17).

*Mike Cammalleri leads the Flames in goals (8).

*Jiri Hudler leads the Flames in points (19).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
11 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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