The Calgary Flames are coming off a 4-3 loss last night in Colorado. While the Flames lost they actually played some decent hockey and would have won if Peter Budaj had not been on fire and robbed them of some goals. The Flames are 7-3-0 in their last ten games (two of the losses are to Colorado) and are 3-2-0 in their last five. As always Jarome Iginla is leading the Flames in scoring with 56 points and remains a scoring threat from anywhere on the ice.
The Dallas Stars are looking to continue their strong play of late and extend their season long winning streak to five games. The Stars have ten of the next 13 games at home where they are 12-6-4 and 7-1-1 in their last nine games at American Airlines Arena. Marty Turco is playing his best hockey of the season with a 1.20 GAA and a .940 save percentage in his last four starts.
Around the West:
Anaheim topped Buffalo last night 3-2 as the Ducks extended their points lead over Dallas to four points. The Ducks used a suffocating defense to negate any offense the Sabres tried to muster up and are now 3-1-0 in their last four games after going 3-7-0 in ten games.
Mark Stepneski takes a look at the month of February and how this month will be the key in the Stars securing a playoff spot. With March looming with a devastating schedule, the Stars need to take advantage of their multitude of home games in February in order to secure themselves playing time in late April.
Dallas Stars.com has great article about how the Stars' confidence is driving them now that they have a few wins in a row under their belts.
Richard Durrett has some answers from Manitoba radio announcer Brian Munz about the disappointment fans felt when Fabian Brunnstrom played just seven minutes in two games.
He also has some great quotes from Mike Modano about his younger linemates.
"Both of them have speed and that helps," Modano said. "Chris can create turnovers and get to loose pucks. He's improving every game and it's good for me to play with so much speed out there."