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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Stars

Thursday, 16.02.2012 / 9:45 AM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Stars




TOP LINE CONTINUES TO SOAR

When asked about his top trio after practice in Dallas, head coach Brent Sutter uttered a common refrain.

"Teams need their best players to be their best players," he said. "It's that time of year."

With the club plagued by injuries, Alex Tanguay, Olli Jokinen and Jarome Iginla have elevated their play and they can easily be described as one of the best lines in the NHL right now.

The three have combined for an incredible 12 goals and 24 points in their last six games.

"We don't know about any numbers," Iginla shrugged. "It's just about playing better and winning as a team.

"It's going in the right direction. We feel good about it. We're climbing and we want to keep that going."

Jokinen leads the team in scoring with 18 goals and 48 points through 57 games. In his last 10 games, he has notched six goals and 13 points.

Iginla sits second in team scoring with 22 goals and 46 points in 57 games.

In Tanguay's 41 games, he has seven goals and 31 points to his name.

EXPECTING A TIGHT GAME

As they head into tonight's game in Dallas, the Flames are expecting a close, one goal game. Three of their last five tilts have required extra time with the Flames winning two of those outings.

The Flames also have a history of going to overtime against the Stars. The last four games in Dallas could not be decided in regulation with three of those outing heading to a shootout. Calgary won three of the four games in Dallas.

In addition to their success at the American Airlines Center, the Flames swept the Stars in last year's season series, scoring 16 goals in their four victories. That, however, is not something the team is dwelling on.

"That doesn't even cross our minds," Sutter said. "We haven't thought about it. We know we're in a race for playoffs. That's really what has been our focus.

"All these teams we're fighting with - right from Chicago now, they're part of the mix, right down to Anaheim - we play them 15 more times. There's a lot of games with that clump of teams ... our thought process is no different then it has been. We've got to play well and we need to do things a certain way. They're all playoff-type games."

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Blake Comeau needs two games for 300.

Matt Stajan needs three goals for 100.

Scott Hannan needs six points for 200.

Tom Kostopoulos needs seven assists for 100. Kostopoulos is also 10 games away from 600.