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Preview: Stars look to extend home winning streak to four vs. Calgary

The team will retire Jere Lehtinen's No. 26 in a pregame ceremony

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge
Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars

Friday, November 24
8:00 p.m. (Jere Lehtinen jersey retirement ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.)
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

 

About the Stars

The Stars (11-10-1) dropped their fifth straight road game falling 3-0 at Colorado Thursday. The Avalanche scored early in the second period to take the lead and then extended it to 2-0 with 0.2 seconds left in the second and added another goal 1:11 into the third.

"It's disappointing. I don't think any of us are very happy right now. We can't keep coming on the road and having the same talk after every road game," said goaltender Ben Bishop who stopped 29 of 32 shots. "We have to dig within, look ourselves in the mirror here and find a way to get wins on the road."

The Stars are 3-8-1 on the road.

Dallas was shut out for the first time this season.

The Stars return home for Friday's game at American Airlines Center where they have won three straight and eight of their last nine.  

The Stars recalled D Julius Honka from Texas (AHL) Thursday and reassigned LW Curtis McKenzie and G Mike McKenna to Texas.

The Stars will retire Jere Lehtinen's No. 26 in a pregame ceremony Friday. Lehtinen, who was a three-time winner of the Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward, played his entire 14-year career with Dallas and was a key member of the Stars' 1999 Stanley Cup championship team.

"Great honor. Kind of speechless when you think about it. It's a humbling feeling," Lehtinen said. "To see the former teammates and coaches, a lot of friends coming from Finland, and my former junior teammates too. It's great to see them here to be part of the whole ceremony thing. To be out on the ice with your family and see your jersey go up beside especially [Mike] Modano, it's huge. That moment is going to be, I don't know. A man usually doesn't cry, but we'll see what happens."

The Lehtinen jersey retirement ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.

Injuries: C Martin Hanzal (hand) is day to day. D Marc Methot (knee) is out.

 

About the Flames

The Flames (12-8-1) are coming off a 1-0 overtime loss at Columbus on Wednesday. Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson scored 2:02 into the overtime to give Columbus the extra point. The Flames were outshot 41-22.

"To be honest, we got what we deserved," Flames goaltender Mike Smith, who made 40 saves, told media. "We didn't deserve to win that game, from my standpoint. Tonight, we wanted to play an easy game. They're too good a team to play that way against."

Calgary was shut out for the third time this season.

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau had a ten-game points streak snapped.

Calgary is 2-1-1 in the first four games of its six-game road trip and 7-2-1 in its past ten games overall.

Injuries: None

 

Season Series
  • This is the second of three meetings between the two teams.

  • The Stars won the first meeting, 2-1, in Calgary on Oct. 27.

 

Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars are 8-2-0 at home.

  • The Flames are 6-3-1 on the road.

  • The Stars are 5-2-0 vs. the Pacific Division.

  • The Flames are 3-3-0 vs. the Central Division.

  • The Stars lead the NHL in goals against at home (1.80 per game).

  • The Flames are tied for 20th in scoring on the road (2.60 per game).

  • The Stars are tied for ninth in scoring at home (3.50 per game).

  • The Flames are tied for 12th in goals against on the road (2.90 per game).

  • The Stars rank second in the NHL on the power play at 25.4 percent but are 1-16 over the past five games.

  • The Flames rank 31st on the penalty kill at 72.6 percent.

  • Dallas' John Klingberg is tied for the league lead in scoring among defensemen with 20 points (four goals, 16 assists).

  • Calgary forward Johnny Gaudreau ranks third in the league in scoring with 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists). 

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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