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Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars

Thursday December 23

7:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: KTCK

About the Stars

The Stars (21-10-3) ran their winning streak to three games, points streak to five games (4-0-1) and improved to 11-2-2 over the last 15 games with a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at American Airlines Center on Tuesday night. Five Dallas players scored goals, and ten players registered points.

“We’ve had a lot of that lately, scoring by committee,” said forward Steve Ott, who assisted on the Stars’ first two goals of the game. “Power play, shorthanded, even strength, the guys found a way.”

The Stars improved to 10-0-2 in their last 12 games at home.

Kari Lehtonen is scheduled to start in goal Thursday.

Injuries: None.

About the Flames

The Flames (14-18-3) lost their third straight game, falling 3-1 at Columbus on Tuesday. The Flames have scored one goal in each of the three losses.

“When you score just one goal, that makes it tough,” said Flames coach Brent Sutter. “We had some chances and some opportunities and didn't capitalize on them.”

After winning six of nine to open the season, the Flames are 8-15-3 over their last 26 games.

Injuries: C Daymond Langkow (neck), D Steve Staios (upper body) and LW Raitis Ivanans (concussion) are out.

Series Notes

* This is the first of four meetings between the teams.

* The Stars were 3-0-1 in last season’s series against the Flames.

* The Flames were 1-2-1 against the Stars last season.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars’ 12 game home points streak (10-0-2) is the longest since 2003-04, when the team set a franchise mark with points in 17 straight home games.

*During their 11-2-2 run, the Stars have allowed 2.27 goals against per game.

*The Flames have been outscored 10-3 during their three-game losing streak.

*The Stars have scored on the power play in six straight games and are 7-26 (26.9%) during that stretch.

*The Stars are 48-54 (88.9%) on the penalty kill over the last 16 games.

*Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is 6-0-2 in his last eight games with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage.

*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has points in four straight games (3 goals, 5 assists).

*Stars center Brad Richards has a four-game point streak (4 goals, 1 assists) and has registered points in 16 of the last 20 games (10 goals, 11 assists).

*Flames forward Olli Jokinen has five goals in the last seven games.

Statistical matchup

Statistical matchup between the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames