Stars-Flames Preview

March, 23, 2012
3/23/12
10:23
PM CT
Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars
Saturday March 24
1:00 p.m.
TV: TXA 21
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (40-29-5) lost 2-1 to Vancouver Thursday. It was the third loss in the last four games for the Stars, who dropped from third in the Western Conference to eighth.

“It’s crunch time here, and we have to win games,” Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski said. “We all know that. They got a two-goal lead and started sitting back on everything, so you have to work a little harder. We did a good job sticking to the plan and trying to get pucks behind them and go forecheck. We had a few chances, but couldn’t bury it.”

Despite dropping to eighth, the Stars are only one point out of the Pacific Division lead and the third seed in the West.

This will be the final game of a four-game homestand for the Stars. They are 1-2-0 so far.

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for Dallas on Saturday.

Injuries: D Mark Fistric (abdominal strain) is out.

About the Flames

The Flames (34-26-15) lost 3-2 in a shootout to Minnesota Thursday night. The Flames, who are winless in their last four games (0-1-3), blew a 2-0 lead in the game.

“It's just frustrating,” Calgary forward Blake Comeau said. “All around it feels like a big letdown and we got to figure it out in the next 48 hours before we play Dallas because it's not going to be easy here on out.”

This is the final game of a three-game road trip for the Flames. They are 0-0-2 so far.

Injuries: LW Alex Tanguay (undisclosed) is probable. RW Mike Cammalleri (upper body) and D Derek Smith (upper body) are questionable. C Mikael Backlund (upper body), D Cory Sarich (upper body) and D T.J. Brodie (upper body) are out.

Series notes

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

*The Stars are 2-0-0 in the series.

*The Flames are 0-0-2 in the series.

*February 16, at Dallas: Stars 3, Flames 2 (OT)
March 4, at Calgary: Stars 3, Flames 2 (SO)

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games for 14 points.

*The Flames are 5-1-4 in their last 10 games for 14 points.

*The Flames have scored five goals over their last four games.

*Excluding goals awarded for shootout wins, the Stars have scored eight goals over their last five games.

*Dallas right wing Michael Ryder has scored 15 goals in Dallas’ 26 games since the All-Star break. On Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin (19) and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos (18) have scored more goals since the break.

*Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff is 6-0-4 in his last starts. He has allowed two goals or fewer in his last five starts.


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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