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by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

Tuesday, December 1

8:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (19-5-0) overcame a 3-0 third-period deficit to defeat the Wild, 4-3 in overtime, in Minnesota Saturday. Tyler Seguin scored the game-winning goal with 1:03 left in the extra period. The Stars are 3-3-0 when trailing after two periods, their three wins tied for the most in the league and their .500 winning percentage tied for tops in the league.

“This year we’ve been able to stay a lot more patient. It’s a message that we really speak loudly,” Seguin said. “Going into the third period we know how we can play, we know how much power we have up front and on the back end. We knew we could string along three goals. Happy going to overtime and happier getting the win.”

The Stars are 7-1-0 in their past eight games and 10-2-0 in the past twelve.

Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who has missed the past two games with an upper-body injury, is close to returning.

“Kari is looking good,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “For me, Kari is a full go. Full workout the other day and a full workout again today. He probably gets cleared [Tuesday] and will be available after Wednesday.”

Tuesday’s game is the second of a four-game road trip for Dallas.

Injuries: G Kari Lehtonen (upper body) is on injured reserve.

The Flames (8-14-2) lost their third straight game, falling 5-2 at San Jose Saturday. The Sharks led 2-0 after one period and extended the lead to 4-0 with two power-play goals in the second.

"We didn't start the game," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "They got a quick 2-0 lead. We didn't show up in the first period. Those two power-play goals, they dug us way deeper. Our best period was the third, but by then it was too late.”

The Flames went 0-2-1 on a three-game road trip.

Goaltender Jonas Hiller, who returned to the lineup after missing one month with a hip injury, allowed five goals on 29 shots in Saturday’s game.

Karri Ramo will start in goal Tuesday against Dallas.

Tuesday’s game opens a five-game homestand for the Flames, who are 5-1-0 in their past six games at home.

Injuries: F Lance Bouma (fibula) is out.

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

*The Stars were 2-1-0 against Calgary last season.

*The Stars are 5-1-1 in their past seven games against the Flames and have won three straight in Calgary.

*The Stars have won six straight on the road and have the league’s best road record at 10-2-0 (.833).

*The Flames have won four straight at home and are 5-5-0 at home this season.

*The Stars are 5-0-0 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Flames are 1-4-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars lead the NHL in scoring at 3.50 per game.

*Calgary ranks last in the NHL in goals against at 3.58 per game.

*The Stars’ power play ranks second in the NHL at 27.0 percent.

*The Flames’ penalty kill ranks 29th in the league at 70.8 percent.

*The Flames have allowed the most 5-on-5 goals in the NHL this season (60) and have been outscored 60-40 during 5-on-5 play.

*The Stars have outscored the opposition 50-44 in 5-on-5 play.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn leads the NHL with 18 goals and ranks second with 35 points.

*Stars center Tyler Seguin ranks third in the league with 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists).

*Benn (8 goals, 6 assists) and Seguin (4 goals, 7 assists) both are on eight-game points streaks.

* Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames with 21 points (5 goals, 16 assists).

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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