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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames

Wednesday March 25
9:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (35-28-10) are coming off a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres at American Airlines Center Monday night. The Stars overcame 2-1 and 3-2 deficits in the third period to secure their third straight victory.

“Our season was on the line going into the third period, and it was a gutsy effort by everybody,” said forward Patrick Eaves. “It was nice to get the result we wanted.”

The Stars have won six of seven games and eight of ten as they continue to try to push towards the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. After Monday’s games, they were eight points back with nine games remaining.

“We’ve gone on a pretty good run here, but we’ve had a tough time making up ground. Given the situation here, we really feel like we are going to have to win out,” said center Shawn Horcoff. “If we win out then 98 [points) is going to be enough to get in. You have to believe that. Somebody is going to have to slow down. That’s kind of what we are hoping for.”

Stars captain Jamie Benn did not practice Tuesday. He is questionable with an undisclosed injury suffered in Monday’s game.

Wednesday’s game kicks off a three-game road trip through Western Canada for Dallas.

Injuries: LW Jamie Benn (undisclosed) is questionable. D Trevor Daley (lower body) and RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) are out.

About the Flames

The Flames (40-27-6) are coming off a 3-2 win over Colorado in Calgary Monday night. Lance Bouma’s goal 8:40 into the third period gave Calgary a 3-1 lead and held up as the game-winner. The win kept the Flames in third place in the Pacific Division.

“"Huge, obviously," Bouma said. “Everyone knows the standings. They're so tight. It'll be tight right to the end there. We have to take care of our own games and not worry about the other teams. We've just got to keep going here. We've just got to take care of business and worry about ourselves. If we get some help along the way, it's nice, but we can't rely on that, that's for sure.”

The Flames are 7-2-2 in their past eleven games.

Wednesday’s game wraps up a five-game homestand for Calgary, which is 2-1-1 in the first four games.

Injuries: D Ladislav Smid (upper body), D Paul Byron (lower body) and D Mark Giordano (biceps) are out.

Series Notes

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

*Dallas won 2-1 in Calgary on Dec. 19.

The Stars are 4-0-1 in their past five games against the Flames.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 10-4-1 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Flames are 7-7-1 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars lead the NHL in second period goals with 88 and have outscored the opposition 88-70 in second periods.

*The Flames rank second in the NHL in third period goals with 90 and have outscored the opposition 90-55 in third periods.

*The Stars are 8-28 (28.6 percent) on the power play over the past eight games.

*The Flames are 10-34 (29.4 percent) on the power play over the past ten games.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has 23 points (ten goals, 13 assists) in his past 20 games.

*Flames forward Sean Monahan has 21 points (12 goals, nine assists) in his past 18 games.

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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