Monday, January 25
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM
The Stars (30-14-5) lost 3-1 to Colorado at American Airlines Center Saturday. The Stars outshot the Avalanche 43-15 and had a 106-32 advantage in attempted shots but lost the game on special teams, allowing two shorthanded goals.
“There were costly mistakes that hurt us in the end, preventable mistakes. We need to take responsibility for that,” said Stars forward Patrick Sharp. “You can look at the shots and think that you outplayed them or whatever you want to call it, but we’ve got to do a better job of working their goaltender and get those second and third opportunities, and find a way to score more than one goal.”
The loss was the Stars’ fifth in the past sixth games (1-4-1) and the eighth in the past ten (2-6-2).
Forwards Jamie Benn, Patrick Sharp and Jason Spezza did not practice with the team in Euless Sunday. Coach Lindy Ruff said it was a maintenance day for all three players. Defenseman Jordie Benn (lower body) skated on his own in Frisco.
Monday’s game will wrap up a three-game homestand for the Stars, and it will be their final game before the All-Star break.
Injuries: D Jordie Benn (lower body) is on injured reserve.
The Flames (21-22-3) lost 5-2 at Carolina Sunday. The Flames were down 2-0 after one period and 3-0 by early in the second. They pulled to within one goal early in the third, but the Hurricanes scored twice in a 32-second span midway through the period to put the game away.
“We were not ready (in the first period). It’s plain and simple,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. “We had a few days [here in North Carolina], and we talked about it. We talked about it yesterday, and we talked about it this morning, but we just weren’t there. It’s plain and simple.”
The Flames have lost three of their past four games (1-2-1) and five of their past seven (2-4-1).
Monday’s game wraps up a three-game road trip for Calgary. They’ll play their final game before the break at home Wednesday vs. Nashville.
Injuries: F Micheal Ferland (upper body) is on injured reserve.
*This is the third and final meeting between the Stars and Flames this season.
*The Stars are 0-1-1 in the season series.
*The Flames are 2-0-0 in the season series.
*Dec. 1, at Calgary: Flames 4, Stars 3 (SO)
*The Stars are 7-3-3 vs. the Pacific Division.
*The Flames are 6-5-0 vs. the Central Division.
*The Stars are 2-6-2 in January and have been outscored 34-22.
*The Flames are 4-4-1 in January.
*The Stars are 4-33 (12.1 percent) on the power play over the past 12 games.
*The Stars are 21-29 (72.4 percent) on the penalty kill over the past ten games.
*The Flames rank 29th in the NHL in goals against (3.04) and 30th on the penalty kill (75.2 percent).
*Jamie Benn leads the Stars in goals (27) and points (57).
*Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames in goals (20) and points (46).
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.