The Calgary Flames are away from home tonight as they take on the Dallas Stars. The Stars play a quick, skilled game of hockey and the Flames will have to take their offensive play up a notch, like they did against the Ducks, in order to win again tonight.
The Stars are in 13th position in the standings with 74 points while the Flames are quite a way behind, in 26th place with 59 points (but still climbing).
Even though Cody Eakin is questionable for tonight’s game, Tyler Seguin boasts 67 points in 63 games while team captain, Jamie Benn has 62 points in 65 games. Both Stars goalies have impressive records. Kari Lehtonen maintains a .917 save percentage and 2.47 GAA, while Tim Thomas, the newly-acquired goalie from the Panthers, has a .944 save percentage and 1.56 GAA so far with the Stars.
It will be a battle of the youth movements tonight as the Stars line-up will be matched up against the most powerful Flames team I’ve witnessed in many years. The Flames projected line-up haven’t changed much since Wednesday night’s game against the Ducks, but, then again, why would they change the line-up after a 7-2 win over Anaheim?
With Calgary winning 10 of their last 16 games, they are slowly moving up the standings, but probably not fast enough for a playoff run. Yet, the season isn’t over and they have many more games coming up. After tonight’s game, the Flames will visit the Phoenix Coyotes tomorrow night and then return home to take on the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. After a few days off, Calgary will be back in action on Friday, March 21st at home again against the Nashville Predators and Saturday, March 22nd they’ll be in Edmonton to take on the Oilers.
Tonight’s game starts at 6:30 and will be broadcast on the SportsNet Flames channel.
Go Flames Go!
*Update: According to Pat Steinberg on twitter, seems that MacDonald will be in net tonight against the Stars.
MacDonald in net for the #Flames tonight. Looks like game day change of plans, as Ortio was the word yesterday.
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) March 14, 2014