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Preview: Calgary Flames @ Dallas Stars 10/10/19 (4/82): Dallas Is Not A Good Stop For The Flames

Calgary has struggled in their last 6 games, including their last 3 stops in Big D.

NHL: DEC 18 Flames at Stars

Calgary Flames @ Dallas Stars, 6:30 PM MT, American Airlines Arena, Dallas TX

TV: SNW - Radio: Sportsnet 960

Calgary Flames 1-1-1 (3 pts) - Dallas Stars 1-3-0 (2 pts)

NHL Standings

After a split at home with the Canucks and Kings, the Flames will hit the road for three straight with the first occurring in Dallas. Calgary has struggled early on during their first three games with getting going and playing well. The Flames have two first period goals in their three games so far and Tuesday’s pathetic three opening period shots isn’t helping. Calgary looks sluggish and uninspired early often and the Kings took advantage of that in their 4-3 OT win earlier this week and a team like Dallas could put the Flames away early with a decent first period.

The Stars finally got into the win column on Tuesday with a 4-3 OT victory over the Washington Capitals. Dallas hasn’t been lighting the lamp with any urgency, scoring 10 goals in their first four games of 2019-20. But while they haven’t been scoring, they haven’t been getting blown out. All four games the Stars have played have been decided by one goal.

Calgary seems to have a mental block when it comes to the Stars. Dallas plays a very physical game and they do an amazing job at slowing the Flames down. Calgary has dropped six in a row to Dallas, including two straight season sweeps and they aren’t scoring. In their last three visits to Dallas the Flames are averaging only one goal per game.

Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)

Flames: Rittich (E): 1-1-1, 2.68 GAA, .924 Save%

Stars: Bishop (E): 1-2-0, 2.71 GAA, .902 Save%

Team Leaders

Flames: Goals: Gaudreau (2) Points: Gaudreau (6) PIM: Lucic (26) Save%: Rittich (.924)

Stars: Goals: Hintz (4) Points: Hintz (4) PIM: Radulov (6) Save%: Bishop (.902)

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Dallas Stars Coverage: Defending Big D

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 3 - LA Kings 4 (OT)

Dallas Stars 4 - Washington Capitals 3 (OT)

Players To Watch

Los Angeles Kings v Calgary Flames Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images

Flames: Matthew Tkachuk (F). 3 goals and 1 assist in last three games.

Dallas Stars v Detroit Red Wings”n Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images

Stars: Roope Hintz (C). 4 goals in last 4 games.