Tonight's tilt is the second in a three-game season series between the Flames and Dallas Stars. The Stars edged the Flames earlier this season when they made a stop at the Scotiabank Saddledome, picking up a 2-1 win on Oct. 27. Esa Lindell and Alexander Radulov scored for the Stars while the Flames' lone goal came off of Johnny Gaudreau's stick. The Flames and Stars will wrap up their season series on Feb. 27 in Dallas.
FACING HIS FORMER SQUAD
Mike Smith was drafted by the Stars in the fifth round of the 2001 NHL Draft. Smith made his NHL debut with Dallas on Oct. 21, 2006, posting his first win and shutout that evening. He spent close to two seasons with the Stars before being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 26, 2008.
HEADING INTO A BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight's game is the start of a back-to-back stretch for the Flames. After this evening's affair, they will fly to Denver and take on the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. MT. Calgary is 1-1-0 in the first game of back-to-backs this year, with their win coming in Nashville on Oct. 24.
BACK TO DALLAS
Glen Gulutzan got his NHL head coaching career started in Dallas, serving as the Stars bench boss for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. He also coached the Stars' AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, for two seasons before taking on the head coaching role in Dallas.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Mikael Backlund needs 1 goal for 100.
Matthew Tkachuk needs 4 games for 100.
Curtis Lazar needs 5 games for 200.
TJ Brodie needs 5 points for 200.
Mark Giordano needs 6 games for 700.
Michael Frolik needs 11 assists for 200.
Dougie Hamilton needs 14 points for 200.
Jaromir Jagr needs 45 games to become the NHL's all-time leader in games played.
Tonight's game will be on Sportsnet Flames (TV) and Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio) at 7:00 p.m. MT. @NHLFlames will be posting behind-the-scenes content throughout the day and live-tweeting the game as well.