The Scouting Report: Dallas Stars
FLAMES HOPE FOR REPEAT PERFORMANCE IN DALLAS
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames will look to replicate their performance from Wednesday night when visiting the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
Playing Dallas just a handful of days ago, the Flames put seven in the Stars’ net – including the first three of the season off the stick of Mike Cammalleri – en route to snapping a two-game losing skid. After a 5-2 setback at the hands of the St. Louis Blues on Friday, Calgary will look to use the Stars return to the win column.
It’s a place Dallas is already in after a character 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. Losing starter Kari Lehtonen in the first period, Richard Bachman rebounded from his loss in Calgary to lead his club to victory.
SOG: 25 | +/-: 1
Benn continues his hot roll with points in six straight games for the Stars after just one assist in his first four games of the season. With nine points on his scoring streak - including an assist against the Flames on Wednesday - Benn is as dangerous as anyone on a Dallas team that sits third in the Central Division.
GAA: 3.88 | SVP: 0.861
With starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen on the injured reserve, the Stars could look at Bachman to take on the Flames for the second time in five days. Bachman’s first appearance was a struggle, allowing six goals on 22 shots. Bachman did salvage a win for Dallas against the Vancouver Canucks, an 18-save performance in relief of the injured Lehtonen.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
A veteran of 30 National Hockey League games coming into the season, Eakin has established himself as a full-time player in Dallas this year. The 21-year-old has meshed well among the Stars’ forwards with eight points in 15 games. Acquired in the trade that sent Mike Ribiero to the Washington Capitals, the Stars have to be content with their early return.
It didn’t take Ryder long to go from ice cold to red-hot. The Bonavista, NFLD product awoke against the Flames and has three points in his last two games after just one assist in five games before visiting Calgary on Wednesday. The 32-year-old now has eight points in 15 games this season, third in Stars’ scoring.
The active leader in career points, Jagr continues to dazzle at the tender age of 40. The Flames got a first-hand look at that when the iconic forward recorded two assists in Calgary on Wednesday, giving him 11 points on the season – leading the charge for the Stars.
BY THE NUMBERS
Dallas' Record This Season: 8-6-1
Calgary's Record This Season: 4-5-3
Calgary’s Record All-Time: 67-54-25-6
Calgary’s Record Head-To-Head Last Year: 1-1-2
Dallas' Record Last Season: 42-35-5 (10th in Western Conference)
Dallas Scoring Leaders: CLICK HERE
Calgary Scoring Leaders: CLICK HERE