The new year could not be starting much better for the Dallas
Yet to suffer a regulation loss in 2011, the surging Stars look
to continue their recent success by extending their team-record
road winning streak to nine games Friday night against the Calgary
Dallas (29-13-5) lost four of five to end 2010, but improved to
7-0-1 in the new year with a 4-2 victory at Edmonton on
“We’re keeping it simple and playing a good team game,” forward
Jamie Benn told the Stars’ official website. “That’s what you have
to do on the road, and it’s paying off. I don’t think we played our
best game, but we got a big two points. We did enough to win.”
Benn and Adam Burish each had a goal with an assist as Dallas
posted its sixth straight four-goal game on the road. The Pacific
Division-leading Stars’ last loss away from home was a 5-2 defeat
at Phoenix on Dec. 11.
Though Dallas lost 3-2 in a shootout at home to the Flames
(20-21-6) on Dec. 23, it has won two in a row and five of six at
Calgary. The Stars outscored the Flames 8-3 the last two meetings
at the Saddledome.
Benn had an assist against the Flames last month and a goal in a
3-1 victory in the Stars’ last visit to Calgary on Feb. 11. The
second-year winger has four goals and four assists his last five
Mike Ribeiro extended his points streak to 10 games with a goal
at Edmonton. He has four goals and eight assists during that span,
and three goals and two assists in his last two games at
Though Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves for his fourth straight
victory Thursday, backup Andrew Raycroft could be in net for this
Raycroft has a 1.69 goals-against average while winning his last
four starts – all on the road. However, he is 1-3-0 with a 3.75 GAA
against the Flames.
Despite the Stars’ success this month and at Calgary, they’ll
try not to look past the Flames toward a Monday matchup against the
Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks.
“Calgary is playing much better of late,” Stars coach Marc
Crawford said. “So that will be a spirited affair.”
Flames winger Alex Tanguay had a late goal to force overtime and
was the only player to score in the shootout during last month’s
victory at Dallas.
“Our team is better than people think it is,” Tanguay told the
Flames’ official website this week. “It’s just up to us to come in
and prove it.”
Though Tanguay has one goal in his last 11 games, he has five
with five assists in his last eight against the Stars.
After averaging 3.6 goals during a 2-0-3 stretch, the Flames
were stymied on 37 shots in a 6-0 loss to Minnesota on
Miikka Kiprusoff stopped just 18 of 24 shots two days after
being pulled for the second time in three games. He’s allowed 22
goals while going 1-2-1 during his last six starts following a
four-game winning streak.
Kiprusoff, however, has a 1.75 GAA while going 3-1-1 in his last
five against the Stars.
Calgary forward Tom Kostopoulos will the serve the last of his
six-game suspension for his high hit that broke the jaw of Detroit
defenseman Brad Stuart on Jan. 7.