Calgary Flames vs Dallas Stars, 7 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB
|TV: RSNF, Fox Sports Southwest|
|Radio: Sportsnet 960|
After what seems like an eternity, the Flames are back on home ice Thursday night as they take on the Dallas Stars. The Flames are coming off a 3 day respite after their 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Both the Flames and Stars are struggling right now and on paper this seems like a fairly even game. Both teams netminders have sub .900 Save % and they are both equally as bad on special teams.
Calgary is in a tough position, as there is a 4 way tie for 7th place and Dallas in one of the teams in that mediocre log jam. Calgary has dropped 4 out of their last 5 and are giving up goals at an alarming rate. In games against Washington, Chicago, San Jose, LA and Anaheim the Flames have allowed 19 goals while only scoring 6. Not exactly the formula for success. The good news for the Flames is they are 44-26-14 at home in the Dome against the Stars and they beat them in Calgary last season 4-3.
The Stars come into this contest losers of 4 out of their last 5 as well. And just like the Flames, Dallas can’t keep the puck out of their net. Dallas has surrendered 20 goals over that time, but unlike the Flames, they’e scored 15.
This game should play out well seeing they are evenly matched and both teams are fighting to stay out of the basement in the Western Conference this early in the season. Here’s how the teams match-up:
|Calgary Flames||Dallas Stars|
|5th Pacific||Division||5th Central|
|7th West||Conference||7th West|
|Frolik (5)||Goals||Seguin (7)|
|Frolik (9)||Points||Seguin (14)|
|Johnson (.893)||Save %||Niemi (.892)|
|8.3 % (30th)||PP %||16.7 % (19th)|
|72.4 % (29th)||PK %||75.0 % (27th)|
Calgary Flames 1 Anaheim Ducks 4
The Flames last took to the ice on Sunday and lost to the Ducks in Anaheim for the 24th time in a row, 4-1. This was another no show for Calgary at Honda Center as the Ducks took it to the Flames. Here’s our recap, the highlights and stats from the game.
Dallas Stars 2 Winnipeg Jets 8
The Stars last took to the ice on Tuesday night and were throttled by the Jets 8-2. This game featured a combined 94 (yikes) minutes in penalties and Dallas keepers Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi were only able to stop 21 of the 33 combined shots they faced. Defending Big D has the recap and NHL.com provides the highlights.
|Calgary: Elliott (E)||3-6-0||3.33||.887|
|Dallas: Niemi (E)||3-2-1||3.65||.892|
Players to Watch
Calgary Flames: Johnny Gaudreau/Sean Monahan (F/C). Gaudreau and Monahan were called out by Brian Burke this week as the Flames GM said the team needs more from it’s top players. Both signed lucrative deals in the off-season to be the future of the franchise and they’ve both under performed. Gaudreau and Monahan have a combined 13 points between the two of them, but have started to look like they are settling in recently. Last season Gaudreau had a goal and an assist against the Stars, while Monahan had a goal and 2 assists in the 3 games the Flames played against Dallas.
Dallas Stars: Tyler Seguin (C). Seguin leads the Stars in points with 14 and he just notched his 7th goal of the season in the 8-2 loss to Winnipeg. The month of November has been good to the Dallas centre so far. In 5 games he has 3 goals and 4 assists and the road is where he’s seen his best success. In 7 road games he has 6 goals and 1 assist. The good news for the Flames is he was held without a point in the 3 games the teams played last season.