Notes: The Flames head into Thursday's game in Dallas after an impressive 5-1 win over Toronto on Tuesday, a game where Kiprusoff turned back 41 shots by the Maple Leafs. Calgary is currently riding a two-game winning streak with impressive home victories over the Canucks last Saturday and the Leafs just two days ago. The Flames are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games but are only 11-14-6 away from the Saddledome this season. Jokinen has been on a hot streak lately with 13 points (6-7-13) over his last 10 games.
Notes: Dallas is just two days removed from a 3-1 loss at Detroit, making it the 21st straight team the Red Wings have beaten at Joe Louis Arena, a new NHL record. The Stars have dropped two straight at home, most recently a 4-2 loss to the Kings on Sunday and Dallas is just 2-3-1 in their last six games at American Airlines Center. Tonight marks the first of four meetings between the Stars and Flames this season. Two Dallas players have ties to Calgary. Pardy was with the Flames for the last three seasons before joining the Stars last summer as a free agent. Nystrom started his NHL career in Calgary and spent his first three seasons there before joining the Wild last year. Nystrom joined the Stars in a trade with Minnesota last October.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday