Dallas Stars vs. Calgary Flames (10/09/09)



Dallas Stars
(0-0-2)

vs


Calgary Flames
(4-0-0)

Game Time: 7:00pm MST
Location: Pengrowth Saddledome (Calgary, AB)
Coverage: Rogers Sportsnet West (TV), Fan960 (Radio)

Recent News:

The Calgary Flames quick start out of the gate has yet to slow. The Flames pulled out their fourth straight victory of the season in dramatic fashion Thursday evening in Edmonton. With only 1.5 seconds remaining on the clock, Rene Bourque tipped in a Jay Bouwmeester point shot to knot the game at three. Following overtime, Olli Jokinen scored the game winning goal against Nikolai Khabibulin, on an attempt that was first reviewed by video goal judge. The Oilers followed that bit of dramatics up when Ales Hemsky beat Miikka Kiprusoff on his shootout attempt, however failed to beat the post. This gave Calgary the win, and vaulted them to the top of the NHL standings.

Dallas’ start to the season has not been as successful as the Flames. Following two games, the Stars have two overtime/shootout losses to their credit. After battling back and forth with the Oilers on Tuesday evening, the Stars gave up a lead in the third period, and fell to the Oilers in the shootout. Brenden Morrow and James Neal have been bright spots for the team thus far. Both have put up three points to tie for the team lead in scoring.

Last Season:

Last season, the Flames and Stars split their season series with each team earning two victories. Dallas outscored the Flames 8-6 over the four game season series. Marty Turco was the winning netminder for Dallas in both their triumphs, while Miikka Kiprusoff also earned both of Calgary’s victories.

Key Players:

Calgary-

With Calgary’s hot start, Rene Bourque has continued to play like a man possessed. Bourque currently has six points to his name in Calgary’s first four games; good enough to lead the Flames in scoring. Watch for Bourque on the powerplay, penalty kill, and late in the game. Also, did I forget to mention during 5-on-5 play? It seems as though Brent Sutter is not afraid to utilize Bourque’s two-way talent. This has worked out so far for both Sutter and the rest of the Calgary Flames, as Bourque has thrived early on.

In an usual circumstance, Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr is off to rough start defensively this season. The sturdy and normally reliable defenseman has been less than reliable in Calgary’s opening four games. Currently sitting with -6 rating, Regehr is stuck at the bottom of the +/- column for the Flames. If Calgary’s success is to continue through the season, Regehr will need to pick up his play in the defensive end.

Dallas-

Be on the look out for Stars sniper, James Neal. The second year winger currently leads Dallas with three goals in two games, and has looked sharp. Neal is looking to improve upon an impressive rookie compaign in which he scored 24 goals for the Stars.

One winger who has yet to make noise for Dallas is Loui Eriksson. Eriksson was recently signed to a six-year contract extension worth $25.6 million after leading the Stars in goals last season with 36. So far this season, the only stats that Eriksson has registered are a -1 rating, 2 PIMs, and one shot on goal. The Stars expect more than this from Eriksson, so look for him to be sending a few pucks in Miikka Kiprusoff’s direction.

Special Teams Review:

Calgary- The Flames powerplay, although it went 0/4 against the Oilers, still sits at a strong 45.4% so far this season. Rene Bourque, Mark Giordano, David Moss, Dion Phaneuf, and Jarome Iginla have all scored one powerplay goal each. The penalty kill continues to hang out at 75%.

Dallas-– The Stars powerplay is rolling along at a more than respectable 25% rate so far in 2009-10. James Neal, Stephane Robidas, and Brenden Morrow have each notched one powerplay tally respectively. As for the penalty kill, Dallas shares a similar struggle as Calgary, with their penalty kill only running at 62.5%.

Injuries:

Calgary- Cory Sarich (bruised foot) and Brian McGrattan (shoulder) are day-to-day.

Dallas- Jere Lehtinen (hip/groin) is questionable for tonight’s game. Mike Modano (ribs) is doubtful for tonight as well. Warren Peters (face), the former Calgary Flame, is on the injury reserve and expected to be out of the lineup until at least mid-October

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~ by manovrboard on October 9, 2009.

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