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Flames look to cap off homestand with victory over Stars

by TY PILSON @typilson /

FLAMES (10-7-3: 23 pts.) vs. STARS (8-8-2: 18 pts.)

7:30 p.m. | TV: Sportsnet One | RADIO: Sportsnet 960 The FAN


2019-20 season series: 1-0-0-0

2018-19 season series: 0-2-1-0 

All-time regular-season record: 76-65-26-7 

Flames home record: 6-1-2

Stars road record: 3-5-1


Current Leading Scorers:


Points - Matthew Tkachuk (19)

Goals - Tkachuk + Elias Lindholm (10)


Points - Roope Hintz + Tyler Seguin  (11)

Goals - Hintz (9)


Video: Brendan Parker sets up tonight's tilt


1. US

The Flames have enjoyed a rare lengthy gap between games, getting some much-needed rest and valuable practice in. In their last outing on Saturday, they rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues to force overtime, eventually falling 3-2 when David Perron scored on the powerplay in the extra frame. Tkachuk - AKA Mr. Clutch - scored at 10:59 to get the homeside within shooting distance and Travis Hamonic - with a great individual effort - tied it up at 16:04, again showing the team's resiliency and never-say-die attitude. "It's tough not to get the second point but for us to get one after going into the third period being down two against probably the best team we've played this year, just the way they're able to grind you and wear you down and play the right way, finish their hits ... they're a playoff team, they showed it last year and they're right in form this year but I thought we did a good job playing with them and taking it to them a bit in the third," said Tkachuk of the result. Head coach Bill Peters was impressed with his team's effort, tips to tails: "We're getting better here as we go. Lots of good things, lots of things we can still work on and clean up and tighten up a little bit but, no, it's headed in the right direction."  


Video: "We're set up good here"



The Stars are an impressive 7-2-1 in their last 10 games after a dreadful start to the season. They fell 3-2 in overtime to the Jets in Winnipeg in their most recent game. Patrick Laine opened the scoring for the Jets, but Mattias Janmark and Radek Faksa both scored in the second to give Dallas the lead. Andrew Copp knotted things up at two early in the third and then Mark Scheifele notched his seventh goal of the season just 21 seconds into OT to ice it for the homeside. "Getting points is always great," said Stars goalie Anton Khudobin. "You aren't going to be able to win 82 games. Sometimes you're going to lose a game like that when we have a one-goal lead, but at the same time we're going to win the same games when we have a deficit of one or two or three goals or whatever. Losing [stinks]. It hurts. But at the same time you have to keep going." ... Prior to that loss, the Stars had won all three of their previous games in November: 2-1 over the Avs in Denver on Nov. 1, then 4-1 against the Habs and 4-1 against the Avs at the American Airlines Center. "Arrogance might be a strong word," said Stars coach Jim Montgomery after the second win against Colorado. "We have swag, a little bit going on. Confidence is really good and we still have some guys that are still not at their level of their individual game. It's exciting about how much more room for growth we have just within our team." 


Video: Seguin, Montgomery, Perry give their thoughts


3. US vs THEM

The last time these two teams met, David Rittich made 34 saves and Johnny Gaudreau scored an absolute beauty (see video below) in the shootout as the Flames posted a come-from-behind 3-2 win in Dallas. The victory ended a six-game losing streak for the Flames against the Stars. Joel L'Eesperance scored in the first period and captain Jamie Benn added another just a scant nine seconds into the third period to stake the homeside out to a two-goal lead, Lindholm scored just 2:40 ater and Noah Hanifin added another at 5:32 to force extra time. Rittich kept his team alive with a penalty-shot save on Alexander Radulov in OT. Sean Monahan scored the other shootout tally for Calgary, while Seguin was the only Star to beat Rittich int he one-on-one battle. "The big save on the penalty shot was huge, obviously. We got stuck out there a little bit that first shift - those guys were tired," said Peters. "Then, we found a way to hang onto the puck a little bit more as the overtime went along. A real good job by the guys in the shootout. Ritter, too, obviously."To watch a recap of the game, click here ... This is the second of three matchups this season between the Flames and Dallas Stars. Next up is a Dec. 22 date in Dallas .... Last season, Calgary went 0-2-1 against the Stars, losing 4-3 in OT on Nov. 28 at the 'Dome, then 2-0 on Dec. 18 and 2-1 on March 27 in Texas.


Video: CGY@DAL: Gaudreau nets nifty backhand for SO winner



THIS: The Flames have been known to play their best hockey in the third period over the past few seasons. The Flames currently sit second in the NHL for goals in the final frame with 24 this season. The Flames +8 goal differential is the third best in the NHL so far in 2019-20. Tkachuk has six of the Flames 24 third period goals this season as he leads the NHL in that category. The Flames had the most third period goals a season ago in the NHL with 118 goals coming in the final frame; sitting at an NHL leading +54 goal differential in the third period in 2018-19 ... THAT: This season the Flames are 4-0-0 when scoring the first goal of the game on home ice and 5-1-1 when outshooting their opponents at home. When the Flames have the lead after the first period this season they have a record of 5-1-0 and 4-0-0 at home. When the Flames' opponent scores first in a game the Flames still have a record of 5-5-2, 2-1-2 at home. When the Flames have been outshot in a game they hold a record of 5-3-2, 1-0-1 on home ice … THE OTHER: Tkachuk has the second most goals in the NHL at home (33) since the start of the 2018-19 season, sitting one goal behind Leon Draisaitl (34).   


Video: "Nice little surprise I was getting in"



Flames: LW Matthew Tkachuk

Hard not to keep your eye on the young phenom right now. His goals this season have often been the unique combination of spectacular execution at pivotal moments.

Stars: C Tyler Seguin

He sits tied for top spot in team scoring with 11 points but has just three goals, which is low by the sniper's stabdards. That said, he always plays well against the Flames and could bust out on the scoresheet at any moment.

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