Record: 30-15-4 Season Series: 0-1-0 Last Five: 3-2-0
Record: 23-18-7 Season Series: 1-0-0 Last Five: 4-1-0
STARS LEADING SCORERS
Flames @ Stars 6:30 p.m. MT American Airlines Arena Dallas, TX TV: Sportsnet Radio: The Fan 960
The Calgary Flames couldn’t shake the 14th place Colorado Avalanche for the second time and fell 4-3 at Pepsi Center on Monday. They will look to avoid a back-to-back loss when they face the Dallas Stars on Tuesday for the second time this season.
The last time these two teams met was on December 2 in Calgary and was filled with controversy as the NHL suspended Sean Avery indefinitely for a personal comment he made directed to Dion Phaneuf just before the game. The Flames lost 3-1 with David Moss scoring the lone goal.
While Calgary outshot Dallas 37-22, Stars goaltender Marty Turco had one of his best games at that time making 36 saves, allowing fewer than three goals.
"We put pucks to the net on a goalie that played well," Phaneuf said after that game. "If you don’t get traffic on him, you don’t get pucks there; you’re not going to score goals."
Tonight’s matchup at the American Airlines Arena may not be filled with off-ice drama, but it should be a tough fight for the Flames who are 2-3-0 in the last five when they face Dallas on the road. The Stars are hungry to make their current four-game winning streak to five and to solidify a playoff spot..
They definitely have the confidence after a 7-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. It was the second time the Stars scored 7+ goals in a game this season. The win put Dallas up to sixth place from 15th in the Western Conference.
As for the Flames, the good news is Jarome Iginla netted his 20th goal of the season last night, Adrian Aucoin continues his recent point streak to eight in the last seven (see below) and Andre Roy played his 500th career game. Mike Cammalleri was quiet last night, but is still red-hot with 11 goals and three assists.
Miikka Kiprusoff finished with 38 saves last night, but was peppered with 42 shots on goal. He lost for the first time against Colorado this season.
If the Flames want to end this brief road trip with a win, they will need to improve their confidence defensively with reducing the number of shots on goal, better turnovers and controlling the game momentum to their favour. The team continues to be strong offensively averaging about three goals a game with all four lines contributing actively.
"We didn’t take them lightly. We knew it was a tough game," Iginla said. "Unfortunately, we didn’t make the game-breaking plays and the timely plays as they did."
A win in Dallas could keep spirits high for Calgary especially since they will head home and face the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday followed by an afternoon game against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
For the Flames…
Adrian Aucoin is having a career-best seven game point streak netting two goals and six assists. He scored his eighth goal of the season against the Avs on Monday. He had a five game point streak in December 2007 when he tallied two goals and five assists. The 35-year-old veteran defenceman is 3-9-12 against Dallas.
For the Stars...
Marty Turco didn't start the season out too well, but found his groove back lately. He has posted a 6-2-0 in his last eight and has allowed 11 goals in his last six games. He is 13-6-2 overall against the Flames with a 1.81 goals-against-average.
PREVIOUS GAME Calgary 3, Colorado 4 Monday, February 2, 2009
The Calgary Flames visited the Colorado Avalanche for the second time in two weeks, but failed again to come away with a victory. Despite a 38 save performance from Miikka Kiprusoff, the Avs won 4-3 thanks to two Marek Svatos goals. The Flames got tallies from Rene Bourque, Adrian Aucoin and Jarome Iginla.
Todd Bertuzzi needs three power play goals for 100 Craig Conroy needs five games for 900 Jarome Iginla needs six goals for 400 and five points to pass MacInnis for 2nd on Flames all time Daymond Langkow needs six points for 600 Matthew Lombardi needs four assists for 100 Dion Phaneuf needs eight games for 300 and ten points for 200 Cory Sarich needs seven assists for 100 Mike Keenan needs two wins to pass Pat Quinn for 4th in all-time wins
Jim Vandermeer continues to be a healthy scratch. Brandon Prust (jaw) and Wayne Primeau (foot) are expected to return later this month, and Rhett Warrener (shoulder) is out indefinitely.