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Friday, January 21st
(All times eastern)
Dallas Stars (29-13-5) at Calgary Flames (20-21-6), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars will try to extend the longest road
winning streak in club history tonight as they visit the struggling Calgary
Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Stars have won eight straight as the road team, setting a new franchise
mark with last night's 4-2 win at Edmonton. Jamie Benn, Mike Ribeiro and James
Neal all scored, while Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves.
"We came out hard," Benn said. "We did enough to win tonight. I don't think we
played our best game but we got a big two points."
Dallas hasn't lost on the road since Dec. 11 and is now 7-0-1 in the month of
January. That has helped the club up its Pacific Division-leading point total
to 63, one back of Detroit for second place in the Western Conference.
Though Loui Eriksson had his career-long 10-game point streak snapped (2
goals, 10 assists), Neal scored for the sixth time in eight games and Ribeiro
ran the longest point streak of his career to 10 consecutive games. Ribeiro
has four goals and eight assists over that run.
The center has four goals and three helpers over his last four games versus
the Flames, including a goal and an assist in a 3-2 home shootout loss to
Calgary back on Dec. 23. It was the first meeting of the season between the
clubs after the Stars took three of four in 2009-10.
Lehtonen made 31 saves in the loss and is 2-1-1 with a 2.94 goals-against
average. Head coach Marc Crawford could rest his No. 1 goaltender tonight in
favor of Andrew Raycroft, who is 1-3-0 with a 3.75 GAA versus Calgary and has
made just one start this month.
Dallas has won two straight and five of its last six in Calgary.
Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff needed to make just 14 saves through
overtime to win that December meeting and is 7-11-3 with a 2.32 GAA versus the
The 34-year-old has struggled this season though, going 17-18-2 with a 2.84
GAA and .897 save percentage. Kiprusoff gave up six goals on 24 shots in
Wednesday's 6-0 setback to Minnesota, dropping him to 1-2-1 in his last six
starts while getting pulled early twice in that span.
It is unknown of Flames head coach Brent Sutter will stick with Kiprusoff
tonight or give backup Henrik Karlsson his first ever start versus Dallas.
Calgary returned home on Wednesday after a 2-0-2 road trip and lost for the
sixth time in its last eight games. The club was also shut out for the third
time this season, but first since Oct. 14.
"It was one of those games where we never had our 'A' game here," said Sutter.
"We will be better on Friday and we obviously know that, we can't play that
The Flames sit 14th in the West with 46 points, eight back of a playoff spot,
and lost for the third straight time at home.
Forward Tom Kostopoulos will serve the sixth and final game of his suspension
tonight for a hit to Detroit's Brad Stuart on Jan. 7 that broke the
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