Stars-Flames Preview

Although they’re on a losing streak on their own ice, the Dallas

Stars haven’t had much trouble finding ways to win on the road


Nothing has seemed to go right for the Calgary Flames during

their longest skid of the season.

The surging Stars will try for their fifth straight road win

Thursday night when they visit a Calgary team looking to avoid its

fifth consecutive loss overall.

Dallas (9-7-2), which has dropped three straight at home,

appears to have built some momentum during this stretch with six of

seven on the road.

With two shootout wins and one overtime victory, the Stars swept

the first leg that included stops in Ottawa, Boston and Detroit.

After falling 5-2 to Chicago back home Saturday, they extended

their road streak to four with Wednesday’s 3-0 win at Edmonton in

the opener of this three-game trip.

Rich Peverley opened the scoring in the second period before

Antoine Roussel and Tyler Seguin provided late empty-netters to

seal the win.

After allowing four goals on 30 shots against the Blackhawks,

Kari Lehtonen bounced back with 22 saves Wednesday to earn his 23rd

career shutout.

”He’s one of the best in the league and he gives us a chance to

win like that every night,” Dallas’ Shawn Horcoff said.

Lehtonen, however, might give way to backup Dan Ellis in this

second of back-to-back games. Ellis, 1-3-0 with a 3.60

goals-against average, hasn’t played since a 5-2 loss at Los

Angeles on Oct. 19.

The Flames (6-9-3) hoped to build on an impressive 3-2 road win

over the Blackhawks on Nov. 3, but instead they’ve been outscored

15-7 during four consecutive losses.

They also dropped their third straight at home Tuesday, getting

outshot 35-13 in a 3-2 overtime loss to San Jose. Calgary fell

behind by two in the first period, where they’ve been outscored 6-1

during the losing streak.

Defenseman Kris Russell had a power-play goal in the second

period, snapping an 0-for-30 drought that covered more than 54

minutes over nine games.

Michael Cammalleri scored for the fourth time in his last three

games to forge a 2-all tie before Brad Stuart won it in the extra

session for the Sharks. Cammalleri has five goals and 10 points in

his last four home games against the Stars.

“You can’t sleep on good performances or bad performances too

long,” coach Bob Hartley told the team’s official website. “We have

Dallas, a team that is playing very well. There’s no easy opponent

in this conference.”

In the only meeting this season, Lee Stempniak provided the

Flames’ only goal in a 5-1 loss at Dallas on Oct. 24.

Jamie Benn had a pair of goals for the Stars, giving him six in

his last six games against Calgary. Alex Chiasson finished with two

goals and an assist in that contest, but he’s since gone scoreless

in his last nine contests.

While the Stars have gone 3 for 47 with a man advantage over the

last 13 games, the Flames have allowed one power-play goal in each

of their last five. They’re also giving up 3.50 goals per game

overall – second-worst in the league.

Reto Berra stopped 32 of 35 shots against the Sharks, but has

allowed 11 goals with an .872 save percentage while dropping his

last three starts.

Calgary is 4-0-1 in its last five home games against Dallas.