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We're going nowhere: Flames vs Dallas Stars preview (25/82)

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It's probably not going to get any better tonight.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars @ Calgary Flames - 7pm MT

Broadcast Schedule
TV Sportsnet West FS-SW +
Radio Sportsnet960 The Fan
Get the lowdown on the opposition at Defending Big D

Road trip? Are you sure the Flames went anywhere?

It's not going to get any easier tonight. The Stars have stuttered a little bit, but they're still good enough to be second in the league. Probably won't be pretty, or fun, or enjoyable. At least we'll get to see Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, and the beautiful human being that is Patrick Sharp.

Season leaders
Calgary Flames Dallas Stars
Record
18 Points 38
29th
13th (W)
6th (P)
Overall
Conference
Division
2nd
1st (W)
1st (C)
8-14-2
4-5-1
Record
Last 10
19-5-0
8-2-0
93-82-20
0-0-0
Ov. Vs
Sea. Vs
82-93-20
0-0-0
-31
2.33
3.63
GD
GFA
GAA
+23
3.54
2.58
Time On Ice/Game
T.J. Brodie (25:02)
Defence
Alex Goligoski (23:38)
Sean Monahan (20:13) Offence Jamie Benn (19:54)
Key Stats
David Jones (7)
Sean Monahan (7)
Goals Jamie Benn (18)
Johnny Gaudreau (16) Assists John Klingberg (22)
Johnny Gaudreau (21)
Points Jamie Benn (35)
Brandon Bollig (49)
PIM Antoine Roussel (34)
Michael Frolik (66)
SOG
Tyler Seguin (98)
Markus Granlund (33.3) Shot % Jamie Benn (24.7)
Derek Grant (56.8)
FO%
Jason Spezza (56.5)
Special Teams
13.43
PP%
27.03
9 PPG For 20
Sam Bennett (2) PPG Leader Jamie Benn (8)
70.77
PK%
80.82
19 PKGA 14
0 SHGF 5
5v5 Corsi (min. 10mins per game played)
T.J. Brodie (50.09)
D
John Klingberg (53.36)
Mikael Backlund (51.64) F Jason Spezza (56.68)
5v5 Fenwick (min. 10mins per game played)
T.J. Brodie (50.75)
D
Alex Goligoski (51.63)
Mikael Backlund (52.61) F Jason Spezza (56.19)
Save percentage
Jonas Hiller (85.64)
Karri Ramo (89.86)
All Kari Lehtonen (92.07)
Antti Niemi (90.84)
Jonas Hiller (86.62)
Karri Ramo (91.09)
EvS 5 on 5 Antti Niemi (92.52)
Kari Lehtonen (91.74)
Data courtesy of nhl.com and war-on-ice.com

Fun fact: half the Stars roster has better possession numbers than Mikael Backlund, who leads the Flames in CF% and FF%. So that's nice.

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Game recap

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Projected lines

Johnny Gaudreau missed Monday's practice with the flu. Kris Russell and Michael Frolik had maintenance days, and Sean Monahan left part-way through feeling "awful". All returned this morning, but if they're not 100%, this could be fun. Karri Ramo gets the start, but as for the rest? Lines were jumbled all over the place, so my advice is wait for the Flames to announce their own projected and see what happens.

The Stars will be missing Kari Lehtonen, who is on the IR.

Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Joe Colborne Matt Stajan David Jones
Micheal Ferland Markus Granlund Josh Jooris
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Giordano T.J. Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland Dennis Wideman
Goalies
Karri Ramo (s) Jonas Hiller
Dallas Stars (c/o dailyfaceoff.com)
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Jamie Benn Tyler Seguin Patrick Sharp
Mattias Janmark Jason Spezza Patrick Eaves
Antoine Roussel Cody Eakin Valeri Nichushkin
Colton Sceviour Vernon Fiddler Ales Hemsky
Left Defence Right Defence
Alex Goligoski John Klingberg
Johnny Oduya Jason Demers
Patrik Nemeth Jordie Benn
Goalies
Antti Niemi (s) Jack Campbell

Milestones

Karri Ramo is still in search of win number 50. Alex Goligoski needs four assists for 200, with Jamie Benn needing six points for 400.

Join us in the gamethread, where we probably won't be taking things seriously.