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Hanzal returns for Dallas; Smith makes fourth straight start for Calgary

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

FLAMES (12-8-1) at STARS (11-10-1)

9 p.m. ET; FS-SW, SNF, SNW (JIP), NHL.TV 

 

The Game

Goalie Mike Smith will make his fourth straight start when the Calgary Flames host the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Friday. 

Stars center Martin Hanzal returns to the lineup after missing two games with a hand injury and Ben Bishop will make his third straight start in goal.

 

Players to watch

Gaudreau had 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) during a 10-game scoring streak prior to not scoring in a 1-0 loss to the Columbus Blues Jackets on Wednesday.

Bishop is 7-1-0 with a 1.32 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage in home games. 

 

They said it

"We recognize that we need to be better, and we'll all be better because of it. I think we got a point on the road against a real good team, so I don't think we're down by any means. We're doing some good things in games and we've got to build on the positive here." -- Flames goalie Mike Smith on responding after the loss in Columbus. 

"It [stinks] to be honest. For me, I started feeling very good when I was playing last couple games, then suddenly I got hurt again. So it's more mental frustration for me, but it is what it is, but I'm real excited to go back in the game tonight." -- Stars center Martin Hanzal on his hand injury 

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Jaromir Jagr

Kris Versteeg -- Curtis Lazar -- Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic

Brett Kulak -- Michael Stone

Mike Smith

David Rittich

Scratched: Matt Bartkowski, Freddie Hamilton, Matt Stajan

Injured: None

 

Stars projected lineup

Devin Shore -- Jamie Benn -- Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark -- Tyler Seguin -- Jason Spezza

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Pitlick

Gemel Smith -- Martin Hanzal -- Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Greg Pateryn

Stephen Johns -- Julius Honka

Ben Bishop

Kari Lehtonen

Scratched: Jamie Oleksiak, Remi Elie

Injured: Marc Methot (knee)

 

Status report

Lehtonen rejoined the Stars on Friday after missing two games following the birth of his child. ... Honka is playing his first NHL game since Oct. 24. ... Calgary recalled Rittich after Eddie Lack cleared waivers and was reassigned to Stockton of the American Hockey League. 

 

Stat pack

The Stars have won three straight and are 8-2-0 at home. ... Dallas is 68-66-34 all-time against Calgary. ... Entering play Friday, the Flames had the worst penalty kill in the League (72.6 percent). ... Gaudreau has a point in 17 of 21 games this season.

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