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Preview: Stars seek quick turnaround to close back-to-back at Calgary

Kari Lehtonen is scheduled to start in goal as the Stars seek their second road win of the season

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

Friday, October 27
8 p.m.
TV: FOX Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM


About the Stars

The Stars (5-5-0) lost 5-4 at Edmonton Thursday night. The Stars rallied from one-goal deficits three times in the game to tie and took a 4-3 lead in the third period, but the Oilers rallied to win on a late goal by Matt Benning.

"We clawed back, so you like that part of it, but it's really disappointing," Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said. "It's really disappointing that we are not doing enough of the details that can control a hockey game. We just don't do enough of the details in critical ice to have a better record."

The Stars scored three times on the power play and were a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill Thursday but were outscored 5-1 in 5-on-5 play.

The Stars have lost the first two games of their five-game road trip.

Kari Lehtonen is the scheduled starter in goal Friday.

Injuries: D Stephen Johns (concussion symptoms) is out.

Video: Stars looking to bounce back in Calgary


About the Flames

The Flames (5-5-0) are coming off a 5-2 loss at St. Louis Wednesday that ended their four-game road winning streak. The game was tied 1-1 after one period, but the Blues scored twice on the power play in the second to take a 3-1 lead.

"If you keep losing the specialty games, you're going to put yourself (in a bad spot)," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. "Two nights in a row, we've given up 2-for-3 on the power play. … Our penalty kill quite frankly doesn't look anything near what it should, and we've got to clean that area up because tonight it put us in a hole and we couldn't get out of it."

Calgary, which went 1-1-0 on a two-game road trip, opens a six-game homestand on Friday.

Injuries: F Jaromir Jagr (lower body) is out.


Season Series
  • This is the first of three meetings between the Stars and Flames this season.

  • The Stars were 1-2-0 against Calgary last season.

  • The Stars are 4-1-1 in their past six games in Calgary.


Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars are 1-4-0 on the road.

  • The Flames are 1-3-0 at home

  • The Stars are 0-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.  

  • The Stars are tied for 17th in goal scoring (3.00/game) and rank 17th in goals against (3.10/game).

  • The Flames rank 28th in goals scoring (2.40/game) and are tied for 13th in goals against (3.00/game)

  • The Stars have allowed 17 goals in the past four games.

  • The Flames have scored two goals or fewer in five of their past six games.

  • The Stars are 19-for-19 on the penalty kill over the past six games.

  • The Flames have allowed six power-play goals in their past four games.

  • The Stars have scored on the power play in seven of their 10 games this season.

  • Jamie Benn leads the Stars in scoring with 13 points (seven goals, six assists).

  • Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames in scoring with 12 points (two goals, 10 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 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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