Preview: Flames at Stars
The Dallas Stars suffered a setback at Calgary on Wednesday after backup goaltender Richard Bachman was battered in the 7-4 loss. The Stars won't have much choice but to start Bachman when they host the Flames on Sunday. Starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen left in the first period of Friday's 4-3 victory over Vancouver with a groin injury and Bachman made 18 saves in relief for his first win of the season. The seven goals against Dallas were a season-high for the Flames, who have been held to under three goals in five of their last seven games.Calgary rookie netminder Leland Irving was chased from the crease after allowing two goals on his first four shots against St. Louis on Friday. Andy MacDonald played well in relief, but with starter Miikka Kiprusoff out for another two weeks with an MCL sprain, goaltending will remain a concern for the Flames. Curtis Glencross scored his team-leading sixth goal in Friday's loss, but captain Jarome Iginla remains at one goal on a team-leading 46 shots.TV: 6 p.m. ET, Sportsnet West (Calgary), Fox Sports Southwest (Dallas)ABOUT THE FLAMES (4-5-3): Alex Tanguay leads the team with 11 points, while Michael Cammalleri has 10 in nine games after recording four points in his return to the lineup. Dennis Wideman leads Calgary defensemen with nine points and six on the power play, as well as 27 blocked shots. Matt Stajan has yet to score this season but is a team-leading plus-7. Lee Stempniak has five goals, nine points and is plus-5 thus far.ABOUT THE STARS (8-6-1): Jamie Benn is riding a six-game scoring streak, with four goals and nine points in that span. Jaromir Jagr leads the team with 11 points, including five in February. Dallas is 6-2-0 in the month. Jagr also leads the team with 39 shots, while rookie defenseman Brenden Dillon, who scored the winning goal against Vancouver, has a team-leading 42 hits. Defenseman Stephane Robidas has 32 hits and a team-leading 29 blocked shots.OVERTIME1. The Flames were winless in two trips to Dallas last season, losing in a shootout on Feb. 16, 2012 and dropping a 4-1 decision on March 24.2. Jagr, who had two assists in Wednesday's loss to Calgary, has 37 points in 26 career games against the Flames.3. Flames D Jay Bouwmeester played his 600th consecutive game on Friday, the longest active ironman streak in the NHL and sixth-longest all-time.PREDICTION: Stars 5, Flames 3
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