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Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars

Thursday February 16

7:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (28-25-3) lost 3-1 at Detroit Tuesday. The Stars, who are winless in their last three games (0-2-1), fell behind 2-0 in the first 9:15 of the game to the Red Wings, who set an NHL record with their 21st straight home win.

“We have to be better in the beginning of the games,” said Stars forward Loui Eriksson. “We know they are a really good team and have been playing really good at home. They got a better start and it’s tough when they are up 2-0 against you.”

The Stars, who are four points out of a playoff spot, are 3-4-1 since the All-Star break.

Injuries: D Sheldon Souray (foot) and LW Brenden Morrow (neck/shoulder) are out.

About the Flames

The Flames (27-22-8) ran their points streak to six games (4-0-2) with a 5-1 win over Toronto Tuesday. The victory pulled the Flames to within one point of eighth place in the Western Conference.

"Every point matters now, and we're trying to make up ground to get that last playoff spot," said Flames forward Paul Byron, who scored on a penalty shot in the game. "Tonight was a huge game for us, and I thought we played really well."

Miikka Kiprusoff had 41 saves for the Flames, who are 4-1-2 since the All-Star break.

Injuries: C Mikael Backlund (shoulder), C Blair Jones (ankle), RW Lee Stempniak (ankle), LW Curtis Glencross (lower body), D Derek Smith (lower body) and RW David Moss (lower body) are out.

Series notes

*This is the first of four meetings between the two teams this season.

*The Flames won all four meetings last season.

*The Stars had an 0-2-2 record in last season’s series.

*The Stars are 57-59-32 all-time against the Flames.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 2-4-1 in their last seven home games.

*Flames have points in their last six road games (3-0-3).

*The Stars have scored two goals or fewer in 12 of their last 14 games.

*The Flames have allowed two goals or fewer goals in nine of their last 11 games.

*The Stars are 1-16 (6.3%) on the power play over the last five games.

*The Flames have allowed just two power play goals over their last 11 games and are 26-28 (92.9%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*The Stars have allowed five power play goals over the last four games and are 7-12 (58.3%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Calgary is 0-10 on the power play over the last three games.

Statistical Matchup

Statistical matchup between the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames.