The Dallas Stars come into tonight’s game in Calgary on a roll on the road. The Stars have won six straight away from home, and they own the league’s best road record at 10-2-0.
“We're comfortable on the road,” Stars captain Jamie Benn said. “Sometimes, when we are at home, we try to do too much. It seems like when we're on the road, we keep it simple, and that's what makes us successful.”
The Stars will take on a Calgary team that’s been a disappointment so far this season. Calgary, which many expected to be one of the top teams in the Pacific Division, has won just eight of its first 24 games.
Ruff said the league is too close to take any team lightly.
“You can have a good team, but if you don’t play good you don’t win,” Ruff said. “We’ve been a good team, but that doesn’t mean you are going to win. We have to execute. Our puck movement has to be good. We have to be on top of our game when it comes to special teams. Then we can push the game in our favor. If we don’t do that, then it is anybody’s game.”
Antti Niemi is expected to get the start in goal for the Stars. It will be his fourth straight start and his third game in the past five days.
It appears Jyrki Jokipakka could be back in on defense after sitting out Saturday’s game as a healthy scratch. There are no changes expected among the forwards. The lines are expected to be the same as those used to start Saturday’s game against Minnesota.
Travis Moen, Jamie Oleksiak, and Patrik Nemeth are the expected scratches.
Karri Ramo will get the start in goal for the Flames. Ramo is 6-8-1 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .899 save percentage. The Flames have several players battling injury and illness, and their lineup is up in the air for tonight’s game.
“We have a few guys sick, and we have a few guys injured. Everyone was on the ice, and we have some decisions to make once we meet with the medical staff,” Flames coach Bob Hartley told media this morning. “We’re not sure [about the lineup] yet. The only thing I can tell you is that Karri Ramo will start in net.”
Who: Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
When: 8:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Patrick Sharp
Mattias Janmark – Jason Spezza – Patrick Eaves
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Valeri Nichushkin
Colton Sceviour – Vernon Fiddler – Ales Hemsky
Alex Goligoski – John Klingberg
Johnny Oduya – Jason Demers
Jyrki Jokipakka – Jordie Benn
Injured: Kari Lehtonen (upper body)
Scratched: Travis Moen, Patrik Nemeth, Jamie Oleksiak
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - David Jones
Sam Bennett - Markus Granlund - Jiri Hudler
Mason Raymond - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik
Joe Colborne - Matt Stajan - Micheal Ferland
Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie
Kris Russell - Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland - Dennis Wideman
Injured: Lance Bouma (fibula)
Scratched: Brandon Bollig, Ladislav Smid, Josh Jooris
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