Friday, December 1, 2023

NHL Preview: Dallas Stars (5-1-1) at Calgary Flames (2-6-1)



The Stars tied a season high in goals with a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in front of a sellout crowd of 18,532 at American Airlines Center. Five different skaters lit the lamp for Dallas, including forwards Roope Hintz (1-1—2), Wyatt Johnston (1- 1—2), Evgenii Dadonov (1-1—2), Matt Duchene (1-0—1) and defenseman Thomas Harley (1-0—1). Duchene’s goal marked his first as a member of the Stars. Forward Jason Robertson picked up his second multi-point game of the season with two assists (0-2—2), and captain Jamie Benn had two helpers (0-2—2) to give him points in three of his past four games (1-4—5). Defenseman Nils Lundkvist recorded his first point of the season with an assist against the Jackets, while defenseman Ryan Suter extended his point streak to two consecutive games (0-2—2) with an assist. Goaltender Jake Oettinger improved to 8-0-1 in his career against Columbus with a 22-save performance in the win.

PP: 0-3 | PK: 3-3 | SF: 33 | SA: 25 | DAL TOI: M. Heiskanen (24:03 – game high) | Attendance: 18,532 (sellout)

INJURIES Man-games lost, 2023-24: 1


C Roope Hintz Upper body 1 Oct. 12

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Stars embark on their first trek north of the border as they begin a three-game road trip tonight against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (7:30 p.m. CT, Bally Sports Southwest Extra, The Ticket 96.7-FM/1310-AM). This is the first of three meetings against Calgary in the month of November and one of two taking place in the ‘C’ of Red. These clubs will meet again on Nov. 24 at American Airlines Center and close it out Nov. 30 at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Stars will close out their first set of back-to-backs tomorrow in Edmonton before wrapping up the road trip on Saturday in Vancouver.

HOT HOT HEAT – The Stars went 1-2-0 vs. Calgary last season, winning their lone contest on the road (6-5 OT on March 18) and losing twice at home (6-5 on Jan 14 and 5-4 on March 6). – Dallas is 76-71-35 all-time vs. Calgary, including a 32-41-17 mark on the road. – Dallas has won six of its past seven games at Scotiabank Saddledome (6-1-0) and has logged points in 11 of its past 13 trips to Calgary, earning a 10-2-1 record over that span. – Forward Joe Pavelski leads active Stars in assists (40) and points (19-40—59) and ranks second in goals (19) in a team high 61 career games vs. Calgary. Pavelski also paces the club in power-play goals (7) and ranks third in game winners (3) against them. He led all Stars with seven points (3-4—7) in three games vs. the Flames last season. Dallas Stars: Media Notes – Captain Jamie Benn paces active stars in goals (22), ranks second in points (22-18—40) and third in assists (18) in 40 career contests vs. the Flames. Benn also shares first in game-winning goals (4), ranks second in power-play tallies (5) and is one of two players on the active roster with a shorthanded marker against them (also Roope Hintz). – Forward Jason Robertson ranked second among Stars in scoring last season vs. Calgary with six points (3-3—6) in three games. Robertson is averaging better than a point a game against the Flames with five goals and eight points (5-3—8) in six career games against the Flames. – Forward Tyler Seguin ranks third among active Stars in goals (13) and fourth in points (13-14—27) in 29 career games vs. Calgary. – Forward Matt Duchene enters tonight’s matchup with 11 goals and 26 points (11-15—26) in 43 career contests vs. the Flames. – Forward Evgenii Dadonov has nine goals and 12 points (9-3—12) in 22 career games against the Flames. – Defenseman Miro Heiskanen is averaging a point a game in his career vs. Calgary with 12 points (1-11—12) in 12 games. – Defenseman Ryan Suter ranks second in assists (24) and third in points (5-24—29) in 60 career games vs. the Flames. – Goaltender Jake Oettinger is 1-3-0 with a 4.20 goals-against average and .894 save percentage in four career appearances vs. Calgary. – Netminder Scott Wedgewood is 0-3-0 with a 4.06 GAA and .892 SV% in three career appearances against the Flames.



The Calgary Flames travelled to Commonwealth Stadium to take on the Oilers in the 2023 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic. Edmonton would open the scoring with Brett Kulak finding the back of the net 4:19 into the game before Zach Hyman made it 2-0 Oilers halfway through the opening frame. Nazem Kadri would tip his first of the year home on the powerplay to get the Flames within one but Edmonton would add a third to go up 3-1 through 20. In the second, MacKenzie Weegar made a slick rush up ice and saw his shot stopped, but the rebound found A.J. Greer who buried his first as a Flame to draw Calgary within one. The Oilers would tack on two in the third and ultimate take the Heritage Classic 5-2.

CGY GOAL SCORERS: Kadri (1), Greer (1)

GOALIE: Markstrom 28/32 .875 Sv% PP: 2/6 (33%) PK: 2/2 (100%)

TONIGHTS STORYLINES & STATS This is the first of three meetings this season between the Flames and Stars. The Flames went 2-0-1 against Dallas in 2022-23, with all three games being decided by a single goal. This is a Pacific Division versus Central Division matchup; the Flames have a record of 1-1-0 against Central Division teams and a record of 1-2-0 against Western Conference opponents.

LAST SEASON VERSUS DALLAS: The Flames and stars met three times last season, with all three games being decided by one goal. The Flames accumulated 16 goals in the trio of matchups with Dallas in 2022-23, with a 6-5 win on January 14th, a 5-4 win on March 6 th, and a 6-5 overtime defeat on March 18th . Elias Lindholm and Rasmus Andersson led the Flames with three goals each against Dallas last year, while MacKenzie Weegar had a team-high seven points against the Stars and was also a team-leading +8. The only team the Flames scored more goals against last season was San Jose where they netted 20 goals in their four meetings.

SHOWDOWN: This will be the first of three meetings between the Flames and Stars this season, with all three matchups coming in the month of November. Following tonight, the Flames will be in Dallas on November 24th, before closing out the seasonseries on November 30th at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

GAME INFO: Calgary Flames vs. Dallas Stars 6:30pm MT Scotiabank Saddledome TV: Sportsnet Flames Radio: Sportsnet Fan 960

2023-24 Season Series: 2-0-0 (Home: 0-0-0, Road 2-0-0) Nov. 1, 2023 – DAL vs. CGY Nov. 24, 2023 – CGY at DAL Nov. 30, 2023 – DAL vs. CGY

2022-23 Season Record vs. DAL: 2-0-1 (Home: 0-0-1, Road: 2-0-0) Last Home Win vs. DAL: April 21, 2023 – Dallas [2] vs. Calgary [4] Last Road Win @ DAL: March 6, 2023 – Calgary [5] at Dallas [4] Last Home Loss vs. DAL: March 18, 2023 – Dallas [6] vs. Calgary [5] (OT) Last Road Loss @ DAL: December 18, 2018 – Calgary [0] at Dallas [2]

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