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Preview: Calgary Flames @ Dallas Stars (7:30pm CST)

The Flames became social media darlings Sunday when they undressed what’s largely the most unlikable team in professional sports in the Anaheim Ducks.

NHL: Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It was a newsy day of “almosts” and continued injuries out at Stars practice Monday morning as Dallas ponders the possibility of doing something they haven't done with much regularity this year- Win two games in a row.

Jiri Hudler made news by continuing to skate, though he's not quite ready as he works on his conditioning. Patrick Sharp made news through his head coach, who said he had a "small incident" in Pittsburgh- The context was that it is seemingly concussion related.

Then there was Johhny Oduya and his approaching return- Causing, ultimately, more interest off the ice than concerning the Stars' surplus of d-men trying to claw their way on to it in every configuration under the sun. He will be back in the next 5-7 days. Who leaves? Intrigue.

Mike Heika reported that Antti Niemi's workload seemed to be above average on Monday. Kari Lehtonen’s coming off a shutout and defeated Calgary earlier in the year- This start would seem to belong to him, though we’ll check back after morning skate.

Lines were reported as these-

  • Benn-Seguin-Ritchie
  • Roussel-Faksa-Spezza
  • Korpikoski-Eakin-Hudler
  • McKenzie-Shore-Cracknell

Meanwhile, several hundreds of thousands of miles to the north-northwest, Johnny Gaudreau returned sooner than expected after injuring a finger, scoring Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period- Before it appeared anything strange was going on.

The two were playing what appeared to be a largely normal game. Tied 1-1 after 23 minutes. Penalty minutes were even. Nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary. At least, not until the Stars' guests tonight scored five goals in six minutes.

Brouwer, Chiasson, Stajan, Bennett, Hamilton and Monahan ripped off six straight, including the five-goal outburst in the second followed closely by Monahan's tally in the third to just bury the Ducks and Corey Perry, seen on video destroying his stick in frustration.

The Flames would blow the doors off that barn in a 8-3 win on home ice. That's three straight for them. That's points in six of their last seven. That's a 5-1-1 record trending in a bad division and all kinds of momentum as players like Gaudreau return from injury.

That's a mess of trouble for the fragile Stars to deal with. Calgary's power play has connected on three of its last eight tries. The Stars' PK has had its well documented issues. The Flames had allowed more than three goals just once in their last seven games.

Dallas won the only matchup between these teams by a 4-2 margin in Calgary earlier this season thanks to a game-winner by J. Benn despite just 22 shots on goal to the Flames' 31.

The Calgary lineup:

  • Gaudreau-Bennett-Chiasson
  • Versteeg-Monahan-Brouwer
  • Tkachuk-Backlund-Frolik
  • Ferland-Stajan-Hathaway

  • Giordano-Hamilton
  • Brodie-Wideman
  • Jokipakka-Engelland

Yes, it's Jokipakka time. What's up, Kevin?

And forget not that Cody Eakin will be involved in some kind of hamburger reveal at the AAC tonight. We modestly, and respectfully hope that it involved ginger, and a real ninja feeding it to you with some kind of sword-play.

From Stars PR:

IT'S GETTING HOT IN HERE

The Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames meet at American Airlines Center on Tuesday night for the second of three meetings during the 2016-17 regular season. In the first meeting of the season on Nov. 10 in Calgary, the Stars defeated the Flames, 4-2. Stars captain Jamie Benn potted a season-high two goals (2-0=2), including the game-winning tally on the power play in the third period. Forwards Antoine Roussel (1-1=2) and Radek Faksa (0-2=2) each recorded multi-point games. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen recorded the win for the Stars, stopping 29-of-31 shots faced. On special teams, the Stars went 1-for-3 (33.3%) on the power play and were a perfect 2-for-2 (100%) on the penalty kill. Last season against the Flames, the Stars went 1-1-0 at American Airlines Center and won the most recent matchup, 2-1, on Jan. 25, 2016.

TYLER SEGUIN'S HOUSE OF PAYNE

Stars forward Tyler Seguin recorded two points (1-1=2) against Colorado on Saturday night and is now riding a four-game point streak (2-3=5). Seguin shares third in the NHL with 27 points (9-18=27) in 26 games this season and is tied for third in the League with 18 assists. The forward shares second in the NHL with 12 power play points (6-6=12) this season and is tied for fourth with 90 shots on goal. The forward registered his sixth multi-point game of the season on Saturday at Colorado and the 99th multi-point contest of his NHL career. Since joining the Dallas Stars prior to the 2013-14 season, Seguin has 73 multi-point games which is the second-most in the NHL over that span (most: Sidney Crosby, 86). The native of Brampton, Ont. has 11 points (5-6=11) in 10 games against the Flames while wearing a Stars uniform. He has appeared in 12 career games over his NHL career against Calgary, recording 14 points (6-8=14).