|Calgary Flames vs Dallas Stars, 7 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB|
|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|
|4th Pacific||Division||6th Central|
|6th West||Conference||12th West|
|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)|
|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
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.
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.