Flames Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

CALGARY FLAMES (26-20-6)

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DALLAS STARS (22-19-11)

6:30 P.M., TV: NONE/RADIO: FAN 960

COMING IN

Calgary's losing skid has now reached seven games (0-6-1) thanks to Monday's 2-0 defeat at the hands of the visiting St. Louis Blues. The Flames have scored only 14 goals in their last 10 games, during which they've posted a 1-8-1 mark.

The Stars return home after dropping two of three on a road trip through part of the Northwest Division. Dallas opened with a 4-3 loss in Vancouver before beating Edmonton 4-3 and finishing with a 4-0 defeat in Colorado. Dallas has won three of its last five but has only four victories in a dozen games this month.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

It's been a road warriors series so far between the Flames and Stars. Dallas won a 5-2 game in Calgary early this season, and the Flames returned the favour with a 3-2 overtime victory in the Lonestar State in early November. The Flames have claimed three of the last four games overall and won four of the last five meetings in Dallas.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 15.9% (28-176, T-28th); Dallas 18.5% (40-216, T-13th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 83.2% (9th); Dallas 75.9% (27th).

INJURIES

FLAMES -- RW David Moss (shoulder), LW Nigel Dawes (knee) are out.

STARS -- C Mike Ribeiro (throat contusion), C Tom Wandell (knee) are out.

QUOTE TO NOTE

"It's the old adage: You make your own breaks. And when you're not playing with the energy that you need to have, you won't have the breaks go your way."

-- Stars head coach Marc Crawford on Sunday's loss

KEEP YOUR EYE ON THESE TWO PLAYERS IN TONIGHT'S GAME

MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF, GOALIE

With the Flames struggling to score goals lately, the pressure on Kiprusoff to be perfect is out of this world. He has served up one dud during the club's losing skid -- the 9-1 loss to San Jose, in which he allowed six goals in the first two periods -- but is getting little offence.

STEVE OTT, RIGHT WINGER

Few players get under the skin of the Flames as well as Ott. He has a bit of scoring touch, too, which provides even more reason to keep tabs on him. Ott is due to be a free agent after this season, and several teams -- the Flames included -- could use his moxie.


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