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Benn, Seguin look to stay hot for Dallas; Calgary begins seven-game homestand

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

STARS (5-5-0) at FLAMES (5-5-0)

9 p.m. ET; SN360, FS-SW, NHL.TV


The Game

Goaltender Kari Lehtonen is expected to make his second start of the season in the second of back-to-back games for the Dallas Stars when they visit the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.

Lehtonen is 0-3-0 with a 4.00 goals-against average and an .851 save percentage. Dallas has lost the first two games of a five-game road trip and is 1-4-0 on the road this season.

The Flames will open a season-long seven-game homestand. Calgary, which went 24-17-0 at home in 2016-17, is 1-3-0 at home this season. The Flames are 1-3-0 in their past four games after starting the season 4-2-0.


Players to watch

Dallas forward Jamie Benn has five goals during a four-game goal streak and 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his past eight games. He has 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists) in 25 career games against the Flames.

Calgary forward Johnny Gaudreau is tied for eighth in NHL scoring with 12 points (two goals, 10 assists). He has six goals in nine career games against the Stars. 


They said it

"We look like we should have a way better record by the way we play, but in the details, we don't get it done. Not right now." -- Stars coach Ken Hitchcock

"Forget seven games. Forget the third period tonight. Let's start with the first shift and what our mentality is going to be at home. Not trying to please the fans with sauce passes or anything like that. Just getting down to work here. We need to dig in at home. This should be a building, when teams show up here, it's the wrong place at the wrong time." -- Coach Glen Gulutzan on the Flames' record at home


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Brett Ritchie

Devin Shore -- Mattias Janmark -- Alexander Radulov

Antoine Roussel -- Martin Hanzal -- Jason Spezza

Remi Elie -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Pitlick

Marc Methot -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Greg Pateryn

Jamie Oleksiak -- Esa Lindell

Kari Lehtonen

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Julius Honka, Gemel Smith

Injured: Stephen Johns (concussion)


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Kris Versteeg

Tanner Glass -- Matt Stajan -- Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Travis Hamonic

Brett Kulak -- Michael Stone

Mike Smith

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Freddie Hamilton, Curtis Lazar, Matt Bartkowski

Injured: Jaromir Jagr (lower body)


Status report

The Stars did not skate Friday. … Smith will make his 10th start of the season. Jagr is expected to miss his third straight game but could return against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.


Stat pack

Seguin has nine points (four goals, five assists) during a six-game point streak. Klingberg has five points in his past four games (one goal, four assists). … Tkachuk has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past two games.

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