The Scouting Report: Dallas Stars
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames know what its like to be swept in a season series.
They're hoping they can find out what it's like to be the sweepers at the expense of the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center on Monday.
A week after dropping their third contest to the Los Angeles Kings, the Flames have an opportunity to lay claim to the same in Dallas after already taking the three-game season set with wins in their opening two contests.
But coming off an 8-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night to extend their winless streak to four games, the Stars have added motivation to keep the brooms in the cupboard. With the struggles, Dallas finds themselves in 13th place in the Western Conference, one point up on the Flames and three out of playoffs.
SOG: 14 | +/-: 0
Whitney has missed both previous contests against the Flames this season and missed over a month with a lower-body injury. Since he's returned, though, the 40-year-old has two points in three games to compliment his six points in eight games to start the season. Signing a two year, $9 million contract with the Stars in the summer, Dallas needs Whitney to produce more than ever.
SOG: 65 | +/-: -3
At few points this season has one been able to call Jagr struggling, but the Flames get the fortunate luck of playing against the 41-year-old coming off three consecutive pointless outings. If Calgary can keep him off the board, it will mark just the second time this season the Stars' leading scorer has gone four without factoring in offensively.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Having drawn Richard Bachman twice this season, the Flames will get their first introduction this season to Lehtonen whom Calgary coach Bob Hartley had as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers. Lehtonen has arguably been Dallas' most valuable player this season, recording a 2.43 goals against average and .921 save percentage to compliment his 9-6-3 record.
Playing just his second professional season, the 21-year-old Eakin has proven to be a capable NHLer in his short stint with the Stars. Drafted by the Washington Capitals, Eakin was acquired in exchange for Mike Ribiero and hasn't disappointed. The former Swift Current Broncos standout has four goals and 15 points while playing in all 27 games for Dallas this season.
Not afraid to mix things up, Roussel has played the role of drink stirrer well for the Stars. Ask Jarome Iginla, who dropped the mitts with the 23-year-old product of Roubaix, France. Roussel has some offensive to pitch in, too, with five goals and nine points in 18 games this year.