CALGARY, AB -- After beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Wednesday night, the Dallas Stars will look to complete the Alberta sweep at the expense of the Calgary Flames.
They’ve already taken two points from the Flames once this season, a 5-1 victory over Calgary at American Airlines Center in Dallas on October 24th. Since that game, the Stars have gone 5-2-2 and, more recently, have taken two points in four of their past five games.
In order to continue that hot stretch, Dallas will have pitch a strong performance in their second game in as many nights.
This Season: 9-7-2 (11th in West)
Last Season: 22-22-4, 48 points (11th in West)
Notable Additions: C Tyler Seguin, C Shawn Horcoff, C Rich Peverley, D Sergei Gonchar, G Dan Ellis, C Chris Mueller
Notable Subtractions: LW Loui Eriksson, LW Eric Nystrom, D Philip Larsen, RW Matt Fraser, C Tom Wandell
Flames Season Series Record: 0-1-0
With an empty-net goal against Edmonton, Seguin has tallied in back-to-back games for the Stars to increase his team lead in goals to eight and points to 17. The 21-year-old, who was selected 2nd overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, has seven points in his past eight games, too.
Though he scored twice when the Flames and Stars last met, Chiasson hasn’t found the back of the net since -- a span of nine games. During his slump, the 23-year-old right winger has just two assists, too. Despite the skid, Chiasson still has six goals and 11 points in 18 games this season.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Benn, like Chiasson, was a thorn in Calgary’s side in the Flames' previous match-up with the Stars. He scored twice in the game, just his second and third goals of the season at the time. He’s pumped up those totals since and now has found the back of the net six times this year. He’s mixed in a team-high 10 assists, too.
After making his return Wednesday to play the Oilers for the first time of his career, Horcoff will face a familiar foe in the Flames. He’ll play a career-high 63rd game against the Flames on Thursday and has 15 goals and 38 points against Calgary over the course of his 13-year tenure.
Dillon has been a force on Dallas’ blue line this season. The 23-year-old New Westminster, BC product leads all Stars defencemen in goals (3), points (7), hits (40), blocked shots (33) and is second in ice time (21:00). One of Dillon’s goals this season has come at the expense of the Flames.