Game Day

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

COMING IN

Another inconsistent effort against the Detroit Red Wings put the Flames in a three-game hole to start the season. They have just a single point from an overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks last week.

The Dallas Stars have split their first four games of the season, winning both home dates -- including a 5-1 beat-up of the Kings Wednesday night.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Flames won both games at home and lost a pair on the road against the Stars last season. Their last victory in Dallas was Dec. 14, 2001. This is their first of four meetings.

WHO'S HOT

FLAMES -- LW Kristian Huselius scored both Flames goals Wednesday without much help from his teammates.

STARS -- LW Niklas Hagman scored a shorthanded, even-strength goal to start the romp over the Kings. He leads the team with five points.

WHO'S NOT

FLAMES -- RW Jarome Iginla had arguably one of his worst games against the Wings. G Miikka Kiprusoff has made a couple of costly errors.

STARS -- C Mike Modano has one assist in four games.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 23.1% (3-13, 10th); Dallas 20% (4-20, 12th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 61.1% (29th); Dallas 87.5% (12th).

INJURIES

FLAMES -- G Curtis McElhinney (knee) is out.

STARS -- G Mike Smith (arm) is out.

NOTABLES

Mike Keenan has a reputation for being hard on his goaltenders, and he hasn't shied away from telling it like it is about Miikka Kiprusoff, either. "You most likely aren't going to win any road games with 20 shots on the net unless your goaltender is spectacular, and our goaltender wasn't spectacular," Keenan said yesterday, a day after the Flames lost 4-2 in Detroit. Kiprusoff fanned on a clearing attempt that led directly to the Wings' first goal.


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