The Scouting Report: Dallas Stars
FLAMES SET TO GREET STARS
CALGARY, AB -- Serving as the Western Conference’s hottest team after rattling off four consecutive wins, the Dallas Stars will strive for five Wednesday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Fresh off a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday, the Stars have won three straight on the road thanks in part to the play of goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who has a sparking 1.77 goals against average and .940 save percentage in his last five starts.
The Flames may be able to avoid Lehtonen though, who played in Tuesday’s victory over the Oilers. If he doesn’t, backup Richard Bachman will draw in. That may not give Calgary a decisive edge, though. Bachman, who has played two games this season, is sporting a 1.88 goals against average and .944 save percentage this season.
Still, Calgary ice has been an advantage for the Flames of late, who are 3-0-1 in their last four home matchups against the Stars and 5-1-2 in the last eight overall.
SOG: 23 | +/-: 3
Starting his season a little late, Benn has quickly made up for lost time with eight points in as many games since rejoining his Stars teammates. Seven of those points have come in Benn’s last four games, including all four goals scored. With two game winners over that same span, Benn has rapidly returned to the scoring threat that saw him put up 63 points in 71 games a season ago.
SOG: 27 | +/-: 3
A season removed from a 35-goal, 62-point campaign, Ryder has just five points in his first 13 games this season. While his four goals are nothing to scoff at, Ryder has just one point – an assist – in the last five games for Dallas. Though the Stars have won four straight games, the team could use more production out of the three-time 30-goal scorer.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
The ageless wonder Jagr continues to produce at an incredible rate for a 40-year-old in the National Hockey League. With nine points on the season, Jagr currently leads the Stars in points, while his four tallies are enough for the share of the goal scoring lead with three teammates.
Acquired last July in exchange for Steve Ott and former Flames defenseman Adam Pardy, expectations have been high for Roy. While he’s only found the back of the net once this season, Roy’s chipped in six assists for the Stars and is averaging the third most ice time with an average of 19:41 in his eight games played.
Just two years removed from a 33-goal campaign, Morrow hasn’t been able to replicate those results since but remains invaluable in the intangibles he brings both physically and as the Stars’ leader, inheriting the club’s captaincy when Mike Modano left the franchise in 2006.
BY THE NUMBERS
Record This Season: 7-5-1
Calgary’s Record All-Time: 67-54-25-6
Calgary’s Record Head-To-Head Last Year: 1-1-2
Record Last Season: 42-35-5 (10th in Western Conference)
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Flames Scoring Leaders: CLICK HERE