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Game Primer: Flames head to Dallas

by Sue Palanki / Calgary Flames
FLAMES LEADING SCORERS

Regular Season
Player
GP
G
A
P
Iginla 49 20 36 56
Cammalleri 48 25 23 48
Langkow 49 16 23 39

Record: 30-15-4
Season Series: 0-1-0
Last Five: 3-2-0

vs. Dallas Stars

Record:
23-18-7
Season Series: 1-0-0
Last Five: 4-1-0
STARS LEADING SCORERS

Regular Season
Player
GP
G
A
P
Ribeiro 48 11 32 43
Richards 47 12 30 42
Eriksson 48 24 12 36

Flames @ Stars
6:30 p.m. MT
American Airlines Arena
Dallas, TX
TV: Sportsnet
Radio: The Fan 960

THE MATCH-UP
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
Aucoin

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
Turco

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.

Power Play:0/2 (0%)Penalty Killing : 3/4 (75%)
Shots:Calgary: 39,Colorado: 42
Attendance:13,409
FLAMES MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

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

INJURY REPORT

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.
 

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