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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames
Tuesday, November 10
8:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (4-6-3) lost their third straight game, falling 8-2 at Winnipeg Tuesday. The Stars trailed 2-0 after one period and were down 6-1 after two.

"Pretty much embarrassing from start to finish. We came in here and played a terrible game, and that's what you get," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "It's pretty much rock bottom, I think. I don't think you can get any worse than that."

The Stars are 1-4-2 in their past seven games and 0-3-2 in their past five games on the road.

Wednesday was a travel day for the Stars.

Thursday's game is the third of a five-game road trip.

Injuries: C Jason Spezza (lower body) is day to day. RW Jiri Hudler (illness), RW Patrick Sharp (concussion), C Cody Eakin (knee), C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) and RW Ales Hemsky (hip) are on injured reserve.

About the Flames

The Flames (5-8-1) last played Sunday when they lost 4-1 at Anaheim. It was the second straight loss and fourth in the past five games for Calgary. The Flames have scored just five goals during that five-game stretch.

"It's tough to win many games when you're not putting more than one in the net," Flames captain Mark Giordano told media following the game. "We've just got to find a way to score some ugly ones."

Calgary went 1-3-0 on a four-game road trip. Thursday's game begins a stretch of four of the next five games at home for the Flames.

Defenseman Nicklas Grossman cleared waivers Wednesday and was assigned to Stockton (AHL).

Injuries: C Lance Bouma (shoulder), RW Kris Versteeg (groin) and D Ladislav Smid (neck) are on injured reserve.

Season Series

*This is the first of three meetings between the Stars and Flames this season.

*The Stars were 1-1-1 vs. Calgary last season.

*The Flames were 2-1-0 vs. Dallas last season.

*The Stars are 3-0-1 in their past four games in Calgary.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 1-4-2 on the road.

*The Flames are 2-4-0 at home.

*The Stars are 1-0-1 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Flames are 2-2-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 4-16 on the power play the past four games.

*The Flames have allowed eight power-play goals the past seven games and are 17-25 (68.0 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch. They rank 29th on the penalty kill in the NHL at 72.4 percent.

*The Flames are 0-15 on the power play over their past six games and rank 30th in the league at 8.3 percent.

*The Stars have allowed a power-play goal in nine of their 13 games this season.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars with 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists).

*Michael Frolik leads the Flames in scoring with 9 points (5 goals, 4 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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