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Monday, March 22nd (All times eastern)

Dallas Stars (38-24-13-0) at Calgary Flames (38-27-7-3), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars try to push their unbeaten streak to five games tonight when they visit the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome for a key Western Conference match.

Dallas, with 89 points, is tied with Vancouver for fourth in the standings -- three ahead of sixth-place Calgary. The Stars trail Pacific Division-leading San Jose by just three points.

On Saturday, Mike Modano tallied a goal and an assist and Marty Turco stopped 18 shots, leading the Stars over the St. Louis Blues, 3-1, at American Airlines Center.

Stu Barnes and Jere Lehtinen each lit the lamp for the Stars, who are 3-0-1 in their last four games and 11-2-3 in the last 16. Barnes snapped a 1-1 contest as Dallas put the game away with two goals in the span of 27 seconds in the third period.

The Stars played the contest without defenseman Teppo Numminen, who was diagnosed with a heart ailment that will sideline him indefinitely. The veteran, who has played in 59 games this season after being obtained from Phoenix over the summer, is suffering from a dilated aorta.

Dallas, 2-4-1 in its last seven road games, kicks off a four-game road trip tonight and will visit Edmonton on Wednesday.

Calgary, meanwhile, had a seven-game unbeaten streak ended with Saturday's 3-1 loss to Nashville. The Flames are four points ahead of the seventh-place Predators in the standings.

Jerome Iginla lit the lamp for the Flames, who were 5-0-2 in the previous seven games. Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves in the losing effort.

Iginla's 38 goals tie him with Columbus' Rick Nash for second in the National Hockey League -- one marker behind Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk. With two more goals Iginla will reach the 40 mark for the second time in his career (52, 2001-02).

Flames coach/general manager Darryl Sutter and forward Krzysztof Oliwa were both suspended by the league on Sunday for their actions late in the third period of Saturday's game. Sutter will miss two games, while Oliwa sits three.

At the end of the loss, an 11-player brawl ensued after Sutter placed Oliwa and defensemen Robyn Regehr, Rhett Warrener and Mike Commodore -- his three biggest blueliners -- on the ice for the final faceoff. Oliwa was handed his suspension for breaking the "physical abuse of officials" rule while getting free to re-join the melee.

Calgary, which lost for the first time in five home games (3-1-1), will visit Phoenix on Wednesday.

Dallas is 3-0 against Calgary this season, but the home team is 4-1-3 in the last eight meetings.

03/22 10:25:00 ET

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