Stars-Flames Preview

March, 3, 2012
3/03/12
11:40
PM CT
Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames
Sunday, March 4
5:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (34-26-5) improved to 5-0-1 over their last six games with a 3-1 win at Edmonton Friday to open their three-game road trip through Western Canada. The Stars scored three goals on just 15 shots and goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 19 of 20 shots.

“It was a good start to this road trip,” said Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray. “We didn’t paint a Picasso, but we were strong when he had to be and we got the two points. Our goalie was good. We needed this win.”

The Stars improved to 6-1-2 over their last nine games.

Lehtonen will start Sunday’s game.

Injuries: LW Toby Petersen (personal), LW Jake Dowell (finger) and LW Brenden Morrow (neck/back) are out.

About the Flames

The Flames (29-25-11) lost 3-2 in Anaheim Friday. Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf scored the game-winning goal with 40 seconds remaining in the game.

"Really unacceptable with where we're sitting right now,” Flames forward Mike Cammalleri said.

Calgary, which is 1-4-1 over its last six games, is four points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Miikka Kiprusoff is expected to start in goal for the Flames.

Goaltender Leland Irving, who made 38 saves in Friday’s loss to Anaheim, was assigned to Abbotsford of the AHL on Saturday.

Injuries: C Mikael Backlund (arm), D Chris Butler (leg), C Blair Jones (ankle) and RW Lee Stempniak (ankle) are out.

Series notes

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

*The Stars won the first meeting, defeating the Flames 3-2 in overtime in Dallas on February 16.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have won three straight on the road and are 4-1-2 in their last seven games away from home.

*The Flames are winless in their last four home games (0-2-2).

*During their six-game points streak, the Stars have allowed eight goals (not including goals awarded for a shootout victory) for an average of 1.33 per game.

*The Stars have scored 19 goals over the last six games for an average of 3.17 per game.

*The Stars have allowed one power play goal over the last six games and are 17-18 (94.4%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*The Flames are 1-12 (8.3%) on the power play over the last seven games.

*The Stars are 1-12 (8.3%) on the power play over the last seven games.

*Stars forward Michael Ryder has 9 goals over the last 14 games.


Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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