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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames
Friday, March 17
8:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (28-32-10) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 win at Vancouver Thursday. Tyler Seguin's power-play goal at 9:07 of the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and held up as the game-winner for the Stars, who bounced back from a 7-1 loss at Edmonton on Tuesday.

"We needed to respond," said Stars center Jason Spezza. "We were embarrassed by the last two games and the season in general. To get a response, that was a good sign for the group and something to build off as we go to [Calgary] to play a team that is going really well right now."

Ales Hemsky, Esa Lindell, and Radek Faksa also scored for Dallas, and goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 26 of 28 shots.

The Stars lost captain Jamie Benn to an upper-body injury late in the second period of Thursday's game. His status for Friday's game is up in the air.

Friday's game concludes a four-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: LW Jamie Benn (upper body) is questionable. LW Antoine Roussel (upper body) is out. C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) is on injured reserve.

About the Flames

The Flames (39-27-4) had a ten-game winning streak snapped with a 5-2 loss to Boston in Calgary on Wednesday. The game was tied 2-2 midway through the game, but Boston's David Backes snapped the tie at 11:03 of the second and the Bruins added two more goals in the third. Calgary came up one game short of setting the franchise mark for consecutive wins.

"It was in our heads, obviously, in the back of our minds," Flames captain Mark Giordano said. "But at this time of year, again, every win, every loss … they're so important, and you have to learn not to get too high and not to get too low."

The Flames, who are 15-3-1 over their past 19 games, hold the first wild-card spot in the West. They are one point out of third place in the Pacific Division and two points out of second place.

Goaltender Brian Elliott, who missed Wednesday's game due to illness, practiced Thursday. Defenseman Michael Stone, who has missed the past three games appears ready to return.

Friday's game is the third of a four-game homestand for the Flames.

Injuries: G Brian Elliott (illness) and D Michael Stone (upper body) are both probable.

Season Series

*This is the third and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Flames.

*Both teams are 1-1-0 in the season series.

*Nov. 10, at Calgary: Stars 4, Flames 2
*Dec. 6, at Dallas: Flames 2, Stars 1

*The Stars are 4-0-1 in their past five games at Calgary.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 10-20-4 on the road.

*The Flames are 20-15-0 at home.

*The Stars are 10-5-2 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Flames are 11-6-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Flames are 19-4-4 in one-goal games this season for a league-best .704 winning percentage.

*The Stars are 13-8-10 in one-goal games, ranking 24th in the league with a .419 winning percentage.

*The Flames are 15-16 on the penalty kill over the past six games.

*The Stars have scored five power-play goals over the past 12 games. They are 5-27 (18.5 percent) on the power play during that stretch.

*Stars forward Tyler Seguin ranks tenth in the league in scoring with 68 points (24 goals, 44 assists).

*Forward Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames with 49 points (15 goals, 34 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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