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Flames at Stars preview

Dallas seeking first home win of season, seventh consecutive victory against Calgary

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

FLAMES (1-1-1) at STARS (1-3-0)

8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, SN360, NHL.TV

The Game

The Dallas Stars will try for their first win at American Airlines Center this season and seventh consecutive victory against the Calgary Flames on Thursday.

The Stars are home after a three-game road trip that ended with a 4-3 overtime victory against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. Center Tyler Seguin has scored goals in his past two games for Dallas, including the overtime winner in Washington.

Goalie David Rittich will make his fourth consecutive start for the Flames, who lost 4-3 in overtime at home to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. Rittich is 1-1-1 with a 2.68 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.

Players to watch

Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals and assisted on the other in the loss to the Kings after getting one assist in Calgary's first two games.

Stars center Roope Hintz has scored four goals in four games, including three in the past two.

They said it

"Anytime you get a win, you feel good about yourself and you're building a game and laying a foundation. You're no different than most of the teams in the League that are still trying to get traction. You know exactly what you have, so I anticipate them being really good. They're always good at home, and they have some dangerous players." -- Flames coach Bill Peters on what he expects from the Stars

"It's something that we went through last year and we talked a little bit yesterday in video if there's anything that we should be doing more of or less of, so we hashed that out. It always comes down to everyone getting prepared, so we're all better prepared to start." -- Stars coach Jim Montgomery on Dallas' first-period struggles

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Sam Bennett

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Andrew Mangiapane

Tobias Rieder -- Mark Jankowski -- Michael Frolik

Mark Giordano -- Rasmus Andersson

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

TJ Brodie -- Michael Stone

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Austin Czarnik, Oliver Kylington

Injured: None


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark -- Roope Hintz -- Joe Pavelski

Justin Dowling -- Radek Faksa -- Joel L'Esperance

Andrew Cogliano -- Rhett Gardner -- Nick Caamano

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen -- Andrej Sekera

Jamie Oleksiak -- Joel Hanley

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Denis Gurianov, Taylor Fedun

Injured: Corey Perry (foot), Jason Dickinson (upper body), Blake Comeau (lower body), Roman Polak (upper body), Stephen Johns (post-traumatic headaches), Martin Hanzal (back)

Status report

Stone will make his regular-season debut and take Kylington's spot. … Hanley will make his regular-season debut with the Stars. … Montgomery said Dickinson, who participated in morning skate, is getting closer to returning. … Perry will be re-evaluated Thursday after taking part in the morning skate.

Stat pack

Calgary is 0-5-1 against Dallas since March 17, 2017, when the Flames won 3-1 at Scotiabank Saddledome. … The Stars are 4-1-0 in their past five games against the Flames at American Airlines Center. … Dallas is 0-for-10 on the power play this season.

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