|Flames backup Henrik Karlsson will face the Stars tonight in Calgary. (QMI Agency/Jocelyn Malette)
CALGARY - Despite having two home-ice starts to his name in which he's surrendered a total of 10 goals, Henrik Karlsson is slated to be in the net for the Calgary Flames when they face the Dallas Stars Friday night.
The move comes on the heels of yet another struggling performance for No. 1 netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.
"The thought process is he's played well and we'll put him in the net tonight," head coach Brent Sutter said of the decision. "It gives Kipper another day to work on some things."
The Flames play Saturday night, so the logical choice would be to put Kiprusoff in net against the Canucks, but Sutter said that's not a slam dunk.
"I'll see how tonight goes and make that decision tomorrow," he said.
There will be no other changes for the Flames planned. Rookie centre Mikael Backlund is healthy to go after suffering a Charley horse in Wednesday's 6-0 loss to Minnesota.
He was hurt when hit by a shot taken by teammate Anton Babchuk.
"I learned a lesson. Be ready because the shots can come from everywhere. Next time, I'll skate as hard to the bench and jump over so I don't get hit," Backlund said.
As well, Curtis Glencross wasn't suspended for his hit from behind on Minnesota's Clayton Stoner, so he's slated to play. The interesting step will be when Tom Kostopoulos is eligible to return from suspension Saturday night when the team plays in Vancouver.
Only a few players for the Stars came to the Saddledome for their skate after playing the night before in Edmonton.
Stars head coach Marc Crawford said backup goalie Andrew Raycroft will start.