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Scouting Report: Dallas Stars

by Paul Mawdsley / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB — The Dallas Stars will be looking for a little revenge on the Calgary Flames Thursday night.

On Dec. 1 in Calgary, the Stars took a 3-0 lead into the third period, but the Flames would storm back and force overtime.

The Flames would eventually take it in the shootout, winning 4-3.

Since then, the Stars are 4-1-1 and sitting comfortably atop the NHL with 48 points. The Stars have only lost six games in regulation this season and have only lost two games in overtime, both in Alberta.

Not many teams have been able to find an answer for the Stars heavy offensive attack. Between Tyler Sequin (42 points), Jamie Benn (41 points), and John Klingberg (31 points), the Flames will have a tough task defensively.

To make things even harder, Dallas’ defence and goaltending has been quite good as well. The duo of Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen has a combined 2.50 GAA and .912 save percentage. Regardless of who gets the call, it will be a tough match-up for Calgary.

The Flames enter the American Airlines Center, a place where the Stars have only lost three times this season. The last time they lost at home was on Nov. 24 against the Ottawa Senators.

Record: 23-6-2

2015 vs. the Flames: 0-0-1

All-Time vs. the Flames: 65-63-5

Vs. the Flames at the American Airlines Center: 40-24-3

Notable Injuries: N/A

Who’s HOT: Tyler Seguin

How can you not mention Tyler Seguin when talking about who’s hot right now? The 23-year old pivot has come alive this season and sits second in scoring behind only Patrick Kane. With 17 goals and 25 assists for 42 points, Sequin is on pace to score 111 points this year. That would be a jump of almost 30 points from his previous high. With 12 of his points coming in the past 10 games, it’s fair to say that Tyler Seguin is red hot right now.

Honourable Mention: Jamie Benn

It’s hard to pick only one ‘Who’s HOT’ from the Stars team right now as they are firing on all cylinders. Benn playing on the same line as Seguin is almost unfair at the moment. Benn sits one point behind Seguin and is third in the NHL in scoring. He is also on pace to break the 100-point plateau with 108. He has matched Seguin with 12 points in his last 10 games.

Who’s NOT: Jason Spezza

On a team with only six losses, there really isn’t anyone who is seriously under-performing, but if there was one, it would be veteran centre Jason Spezza. With only four points in his last 10 games, the 32-year old has only 20 points (11g, 9a) through 31 games. Though his 11 goals are reasonable, his nine assists are alarming. Known for being a feeder, Spezza is on pace for 23 assists, well below his marks from the past two seasons of 62 and 66.

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