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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars


Monday March 30, 2015
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (37-29-10) wrapped up a three-game road trip with a 4-3 overtime win in Vancouver Saturday night. The Stars, coming off a disappointing loss in Edmonton the night before, overcame a 2-1 third-period deficit and then shook off a late game-tying goal by the Canucks. Defenseman John Klingberg scored the game-winner with 47 seconds left in overtime.

“It’s a gutsy effort by our team,” Stars captain Jamie Benn said. “We were embarrassed by that effort [Friday] with the magnitude of that game. With our lives on the line, we came out with an effort that was pretty bad. It was nice to redeem ourselves tonight and find a way to get two points.”

The win was the fifth in the past six games for the Stars and pulled them to within six points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with six games remaining.

“[The hope] is still there,” Benn said. “A lot of people are saying this, but you just take it a game at a time. We are going to need some help, and we just need to keep winning these games and we’ll see what happens.”

Monday’s game kicks off a two-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: D Jordie Benn (back) is day to day.

About the Flames

The Flames (41-28-7) won 5-2 at Nashville Sunday. The Predators scored first, but the Flames scored four straight goals to take control of the game.

“I thought it was a great effort all around,” said Flames forward Lance Bouma, who scored twice. “I thought all four lines were really going well and all of the d-men were playing well and [goaltender Jonas Hiller] was great behind us, so it was a solid effort throughout.”

With the victory, Calgary moved back into a playoff spot by taking over third place in the Pacific Division. The Flames are one point ahead of Los Angeles, which has one game in hand.

Monday’s game is the third of a five-game road trip for the Flames.

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

Series Notes

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

*The Stars are 2-0-0 (4 points) in the season series.

*The Flames are 0-1-1 (1 point) in the series.

*Dec. 19, at Calgary: Stars 2, Flames 1

*Mar. 25, at Calgary: Stars 4, Flames 3 (SO)

Statistical tidbits

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

*The Flames are 4-2-1 in their past seven road games.

*The Stars rank second in goal scoring at 3.05 per game and fifth in shots per game (31.4).

*The Flames rank sixth in goal scoring at 2.90 per game and 28th in shots per game (27.6).

*The Stars have been on the power play 269 times, second most in the league.

*Calgary has been shorthanded 175 times, fewest in the league.

*Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau ranks second in rookie scoring with 58 points (21 goals, 37 assists) in 75 games.

*Dallas’ John Klingberg leads rookie defensemen in scoring with 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in 59 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 DallasStars.com 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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