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After a stunning come from behind victory over the Vancouver Canucks 4-3, the Dallas Stars head home to face the Calgary Flames. The Stars over came a two goal deficit and got goals from Reilly Smith (1st career NHL goal), Cody Eakin, Antoine Roussel, and the eventual game winner came from a Brenden Dillon slap shot to defeat the Canucks. Despite the great win, the Stars would lose starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen to a groin injury midway in the 1st period, with backup Richard Bachman coming in relief.
The Dallas Stars return home to face the Calgary Flames, the Stars come home from their Western Canadian road trip winning 2 of out 3 games, going 6-4-0 in their last ten. The Flames come into this game after a 5-2 loss to the Blues, however they previously beat the Stars 7-4 in a high scoring game in Calgary. In that game, Flames center Mike Cammalleri knotted a hat trick against the Stars in his first game back from a hip injury, thus solidifying the win for Calgary.
So what is going to be different in this "rematch" against the Flames? Mainly, the goaltending situation has changed for both Calgary and Dallas. The Flames' Joey MacDonald will make his debut in net, while the Stars could go with Cristopher Nilstorp after being called up from the AHL affiliate Texas Stars. Nilstorp has only played two games for Dallas, unfortunately both games were losses, but the big Swede still has a decent .918 SV % going. Aside from the goaltending match up, both lineups look to remain the same for the Flames and Stars.
Here are some keys for the Dallas Stars to get a little redemption against the Flames. One key for Dallas to be successful this time is to contain Tanguay, Cammalleri, and Stempniak, each had two assists in their victory over the Stars in Calgary last Wednesday night. Secondly for the Stars, attack the net, MacDonald will probably be a little rusty, the 33 year old came into the Flames versus Blues game in relief of Leland Irving. Finally, special teams is always a big key to any victory, and as for the Stars it is slowly getting better on both the power play and the penalty kill, but there is still some improvement needed. The Dallas Stars' next three games will be at home, including Sunday's game with the Flames, which the Stars will be looking for their sixth win out of seven.