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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames

Thursday, November 14
8 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (9-7-2) ran their road winning streak to four games with a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night. Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 shots for his first shutout of the season and the 23rd of his career.

“When he is on the top of his game he is one of the best in the league,” Stars forward Shawn Horcoff said about Lehtonen. “He gives us a chance every night.”

Rich Peverley’s second period goal held up as the game-winner for the Stars. Tyler Seguin and Antoine Roussel sealed the victory with empty-net goals in the final minute.

The Stars improved to 6-2-2 since Lehtonen returned from a lower body injury.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff indicated Lehtonen, who has started the last ten games, could get the nod in net again Thursday night against the Flames.

“He told me his favorite number is eleven,” Ruff joked when asked if Lehtonen could start Thursday. “I don’t know what to read into that.”

Injuries: LW Ray Whitney (lower body) is out.

About the Flames

The Flames (6-9-3) are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to San Jose in Calgary on Tuesday. The Flames rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to force overtime, but Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart scored 1:13 into the extra period to give San Jose the extra point. Calgary was outshot 35-13, but goaltender Reto Berra kept them in the game with a 32-save effort.

"If not for Reto Berra, the Sharks can get on the plane after the first period and they'd already have the two points," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said.

The Flames have lost four straight games (0-3-1) and six of their last seven (1-5-1).

Injuries: C Christopher Breen (abdomen) is questionable. D Mark Giordano (ankle) and LW Curtis Glencross (knee) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of three meetings between the Stars and Flames.

*The Stars won the first meeting, 5-1, in Dallas on October 24.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have won four straight games on the road.

*The Flames have lost three in a row at home (0-2-1).

*The Stars are 6-2-2 in their last ten games.

*Since their 3-0-2 start to the season, the Flames have lost 10 of their last 13 games (3-9-1).

*The Stars are 3-47 (6.4 percent) on the power play over the last 13 games.

*The Flames are 1-32 (3.1 percent) on the power play over the last 10 games.

*The Stars are 25-28 (89.3) percent on the penalty kill over the last 10 games.

*The Flames have allowed a power play goal in each of the last five games and are 9-14 (64.3 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (8) and points (17).

*Mike Cammalleri leads the Flames in goals (8).

*Jiri Hudler leads the Flames in points (19).

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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