Preview: Surging Stars try to extinguish the Flames
(Photo courtesy of zimbio.com) The Dallas Stars won their fourth straight game knocking off the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 last night, improving the record over the last ten games to 5-4-1. The Stars started out this game a little sluggish giving up a goal in the first, but defensemen Brenden Dillon scored a fortunate goal to finally get Dallas on the board in the second period. The scoring continued for the Stars, Eric Nystrom, Jaromir Jagr, and Ryan Garbutt all scored in the third period eliminating any chance of a come back by the Oilers.
Once again the Stars are faced with the dreaded back to back game, this time against the Calgary Flames. The Stars record in back to back games isn't pretty at all, 1-14-2 which hopefully this starts to change tonight. Dallas is now getting goals from different players which is helping to relieve pressure on their top forwards such Benn and Jagr. The Stars have also help from their defense and with Kari Lehtonen basically stopping everything thrown his way with a 1.77 GAA and .940 save % on this current winning streak.
The Calgary Flames are coming off a shootout loss to Minnesota Wild this past Monday night, and it looks like they have been doing some line juggling with their team Captain Jarome Iginla. Calgary still has a decent club despite missing their starting goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff with a knee injury. This is probably part of the reason why the Flames went out and claimed goaltender Joey MacDonald off waivers from the Red Wings, however it looks like Leland Irving will get the start in net. As for Dallas, it sounds like Richard Bachman could get the start in the pipes tonight, then again Gully could surprise us all and go with Kari. The Stars will need to shutdown players such as Tanguay, Hudler, Stempniak, and of course former Dallas Stars' draft pick Jarome Iginla. Dallas will see an old but familiar face in Steve Begin, this gritty veteran played for the Stars in the 08-09' season. The Stars can win their fifth straight game tonight, break the ugly back to back streak, and give Calgary their sixth loss in seven home games. By the way the Calgary Flames currently sit at the bottom of the NHL in 30th place.
Dallas has got some good momentum going into this game against the Calgary, which for the Stars this road trip doesn't get any easier as they go to Vancouver for a Friday night tilt against the Canucks.