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Preview: Calgary Flames vs Dallas Stars 3/17/17 (71/82)

The winning streak is over and it’s time to get back to business as the Flames take on the Stars from the Dome.

NHL: Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Calgary Flames vs Dallas Stars, 7 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB
Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSNW, FSW+
Radio: Sportsnet 960

The Flames 10 game winning streak is over and it’s time to reset as the Dallas Stars come to the Saddledome for a St. Patrick’s Day showdown. Calgary, while not able to set a franchise record for wins, has been pilling victories up lately. They are 15-3-1 in their last 19. That run vaulted the Flames back into playoff contention and at one point, second place in the Pacific Division. The Flames currently sit in 6th place in the West and are about to begin a brutal trek through their division and conference rivals. The Flames are 12-15-3 against the Stars since 2000 at home and are 1-4-0 in Dallas’ last 5 trips to the Dome.

As red hot as the Flames have been, Dallas hasn’t. The Stars are long out of the playoff picture and can play for pride and to be spoilers. The Stars are 6-12-1 in their last 19 and their PK is dead last in the league. Dallas has been able to score this season, but keeping the puck out of the net has been an issue. Dallas is tops in the NHL with 229 GA.

The last time these two met was back on December 6th with the Flames winning 2-1. The Flames and Stars have split so far this season and a win by the Flames tonight would be the third time in four years that Calgary has taken the season series.

Here’s how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Dallas Stars
39-27-4 Record 27-32-10
82 Points 64
4th Pacific Division 6th Central
6th West Conference 12th West
4-1-0 Last 5 2-3-0
189 Goals For 190
188 Goals Against 227
Monahan (22) Goals Jamie Benn (24)
Gaudreau (49) Points Seguin (67)
Tkachuk (94) PIM Roussel (115)
Johnson (.912) Save % Lehtonen (.901)
19.9 (14th) PP % 18.0 (20th)
80.9 (14th) PK % 73.9 (30th)
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Player Record GAA Save %
Flames: Elliott (E) 21-13-3 2.51 .910
Stars: Niemi (E) 11-11-4 3.35 .892

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 2 Boston Bruins 5

The Flames last took to the ice on Wednesday night against the Bruins with a chance to win their 11th straight and that did not happen. Calgary came out flat and Chad Johnson had a night he’d rather forget as the Bruins beat the Flames 5-2. Here’s our recap, the highlights and Glen Gulutzan’s post game thoughts.

Dallas Stars 4 Vancouver Canucks 2

The Stars rolled into Vancouver Thursday night and took care of business to the tune of 4-2. Four different Stars scored in the victory, while Kari Lehtonen stopped 26 of 28 shots he faced in the contest. Defending Big D has the recap and NHL.com provides the highlights.

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

Calgary Flames v Winnipeg Jets Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images

Alex Chiasson (F). Chiasson had been cold for a while, but has recently started to heat up. He has 4 points (2G 2A) in his last 4 games and he and his line mates have been one of the Flames hardest working units as of late.

Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Jason Spezza (C). Spezza has 6 points in his last 6 games, including a 2 assist night in the Stars 4-2 win over the Canucks. He’s third on the Stars in points with 40, but doesn’t have a point against the Flames this season.