NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
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
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
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,
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