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Stars-Flames Morning Skate

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars didn’t skate this morning in Calgary since they played last night in Edmonton. There’s no official word on a starting goaltender for the Stars, but after last night’s 3-0 victory over the Oilers coach Lindy Ruff appeared to be leaning towards Kari Lehtonen making an 11th straight start.

Lehtonen has started ten straight games since returning from a lower body injury, and the Stars are 6-2-2 during that stretch. Lehtonen’s been a rock on the road, posting a 6-1-0 record, 1.91 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.

There’s no word on any lineup changes, but Ruff usually doesn’t change things up after a win and he hasn’t shown much of an inclination to put in fresh legs on the second night of a back-to-back, so the Stars could go with the same lineup tonight.

This is the Stars’ fourth back-to-back set this season. They are 0-3-0 in second games. Here’s how they’ve fared this season in second games of back-to-backs.

Oct. 12: Lost 5-1 at Minnesota
Oct. 20: Lost 6-3 at Anaheim
Oct. 29: Lost 2-1 at Montreal

The Stars are 4-20-2 in second games of back-to-backs dating back to the 2011-12 season.

Flames watch

Calgary comes into tonight’s game on a four-game losing streak (0-3-1). They’ve been outscored 6-1 in the first period during that stretch and coach Bob Hartley is looking for a stronger start from his team tonight.

"I told them, 'We're starting at 7:00 p.m. (local time),'" Hartley said. "It's just about getting the taste of winning back. That's the easiest way to look at it right now.

"We're proud, we're working hard. I felt in the last three, four games, we kind of flirted with wins but we have to set our goal straight, right from the get-go ... we did it in the past and we can still do it."

Reto Berra will get the start in goal for Calgary.

Thursday’s game
Who: Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
When: 8 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars projected lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Erik Cole
Cody EakinAlex Chiasson
Shawn Horcoff
Vernon FiddlerRich Peverley
Antoine Roussel
Travis MorinRyan Garbutt

Brenden DillonStephane Robidas
Alex Goligoski
Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn
Sergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

Flames projected lineup

TJ Galiardi - Matt Stajan - David Jones
Mike Cammalleri - Joe Colborne - Lee Stempniak
Sven Baertschi - Sean Monahan - Jiri Hudler
Tim Jackman - Mikael Backlund - Brian McGrattan

Chris Butler - TJ Brodie
Kris Russell - Dennis Wideman
Ladislav Smid - Shane O’Brien

Reto Berra (starter)
Karri Ramo

This story was not subject to the 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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