Stars-Flames Preview

The Dallas Stars are on a roll, mainly due to solid goaltending

and their recently stellar play on the road.

That may not bode well for a Calgary Flames team that’s having

trouble winning at home.

Dallas can win its fifth straight game by sending Calgary to its

sixth loss in seven home games Wednesday night.

The Stars (7-5-1) earned a third straight road victory after

Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves to lead his team to a 4-1 win at

Edmonton on Tuesday night.

Lehtonen has a 1.77 goals-against average and .940 save

percentage while winning his last five starts, including each

during Dallas’ four-game winning streak.

“We are just trying to play hard right now,” Lehtonen said. “We

know we are not the most skilled team out there with the biggest

names. We are a hard-working club and everybody in this room feels

we have a chance to win on any given night. We have done well the

last few games here and hopefully we can keep it going.”

It’s unclear, though, if Lehtonen or Richard Bachman, who made

32 saves in a 2-0 loss to Phoenix on Feb. 2 in his only start, will

get the nod as the Stars play their second game in as many

nights.

Dallas is 1-14-2 in the second night of back-to-back sets since

last season.

Jaromir Jagr’s goal Tuesday extended his team lead to nine

points while Ryan Garbutt, Brenden Dillon and Eric Nystrom also

scored for Dallas.

“It’s up to us how well we do,” Jagr said. “I don’t think we

have the kind of team that can allow itself to play up-and-down

hockey. We are a good cycling team and we have the

goaltending.”

Calgary is 5-1-2 in its last eight meetings with the Stars and

3-0-1 in the last four home matchups, but it is coming off a 2-1

shootout loss to Minnesota on Monday that dropped it to 1-3-2 at

home this season.

Coach Bob Hartley switched up his lines after Saturday’s 5-1

loss in Vancouver, most notably teaming captain Jarome Iginla with

Jiri Hudler and rookie Ben Street for a good portion of Monday’s

contest.

Hudler scored, though Iginla, who was drafted 11th overall by

Dallas in 1995 but was traded to Calgary before ever donning a

Stars sweater, remained with only one goal.

“Our fans certainly deserved that win (Monday). We battled, but

not as consistently as I would have liked,” Hartley said. “It

seems that we dominated some parts and they dominated us in some

other parts.”

Leland Irving played well in net, though, making 23 saves in his

third straight start in place of Miikka Kiprusoff, who will be out

at least two more weeks because of a sprained knee ligament.

He’s 1-1-1 with a 2.62 GAA in four total appearances.

“Obviously we’ve got to win some games,” Irving said. “At the

end of the day it’s a results-driven business and I’ll do

everything I can to prepare myself to give these guys a chance to

win.”

Hartley gave Irving a vote of confidence after Calgary claimed

goaltender Joey MacDonald off waivers from Detroit on Monday.

“We’re going to keep riding Leland,” Hartley said. “He’s

building confidence.”

Iginla had two assists to help overcome a pair of goals from

Jamie Benn in Calgary’s 5-4 victory March 26 in the most recent

meeting.