At the Rink: Flames at Stars

Monday, 01.25.2016 / 3:30 PM | Steve Hunt  - Correspondent

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars are 4-for-33 on the power play in their past 12 games, so coach Lindy Ruff made that the focus of the morning skate Monday prior to facing the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center (8:30 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-SW).

Dallas (30-14-5) lost 3-1 to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday with two of Colorado's goals coming while shorthanded, something Ruff doesn't want to see repeated.

"Our attention and sense of danger wasn't good at all and obviously getting scored against twice, but our desperation, make sure that the other team, even though that I think the pain we had was self-inflicted, that we don't allow the other team to create energy off our power play," Ruff said.

Ruff said he thought the difference against Colorado was conceding the two shorthanded goals, so he's keeping his forward lines, defensive pairs and goaltender intact from that game two nights ago.

Goalie Antti Niemi was first off the ice at morning skate and will start a third consecutive game.

The Stars are 2-6-2 in January and need a win to hit the All-Star break on a positive note.

"We have to be ready to compete and do the little things that we need to do to deserve to win. The coaches will talk about we'll win when we deserve to win and that's something we have to go out there and do tonight," Dallas center Vernon Fiddler said. "We have to play a clean defensive game, stay out of the box, kind of a 1-0 mentality. I think that will get us back on track."

After losing 5-2 at the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, the Flames (21-22-3) did not hold a morning skate on the second night of a back-to-back. Flames coach Bob Hartley said goalie Karri Ramo, who started against Carolina but was replaced by Jonas Hiller early in the second period with Calgary trailing 3-0, will start again Monday.

"None [of those goals] were his fault," Hartley said of Ramo. "Karri in the first period was by himself. I pulled him in order to try to jump start the team."

Hartley is keeping his forward lines intact from the loss to the Hurricanes but is making one small change to his defensive pairs. Deryk Engelland, a healthy scratch on Sunday, returns to the third pair alongside Dennis Wideman after Ladislav Smid was paired with Wideman in Carolina.

Here are the projected lineups:


Johnny GaudreauSean MonahanDavid Jones

Sam BennettMikael BacklundMichael Frolik

Joe ColborneMarkus GranlundJiri Hudler

Lance BoumaJosh Jooris - Matt Stajan

Mark GiordanoTJ Brodie

Kris RussellDougie Hamilton

Dennis WidemanDeryk Engelland

Karri Ramo

Jonas Hiller

Injured: Micheal Ferland (upper body)

Scratched: Brandon Bollig, Mason Raymond, Ladislav Smid


Jamie BennTyler SeguinPatrick Sharp

Valeri NichushkinCody EakinJason Spezza

Antoine RousselMattias JanmarkAles Hemsky

Travis MoenVernon FiddlerPatrick Eaves

Alex GoligoskiJohn Klingberg

Johnny OduyaJason Demers

Esa LindellJyrki Jokipakka

Antti Niemi

Kari Lehtonen

Injured: Jordie Benn (lower body)

Scratched: Patrik Nemeth, Colton Sceviour

Status report: Ramo is starting the tail end of a back-to-back for the second time this season. … Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak remains on a conditioning assignment with Texas of the American Hockey League and will return after the All-Star break. … Ruff said Jordie Benn is on track to return after the break.

Who's hot: Hemsky has points in three of his past four games. … Jamie Benn, who is second in the NHL with 57 points and tied for third in the League with 27 goals, has points in four of his past six games.

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