9:07 pm
November 4

Stars @ Flames

Who will WIN this matchup?

Dallas Stars (3-4-2)

@ Calgary Flames (6-1-2)


Starting Goalies:

Anton Khudobin (DAL): Confirmed

Jacob Markstrom (CGY): Confirmed


Current odds:

Dallas Stars: (+125)

Calgary Flames: (-145)


Coming off a fourth straight loss in which they erased a third-period deficit only to lose via shootout, the Dallas Stars are already at a crossroads. As the Stars visit the Calgary Flames on Thursday in the second chapter of a three-game road trip, they are well aware that what’s transpired so far isn’t good enough. With only three wins in nine games to start the season, and none of those victories coming in regulation time, the Stars are floundering and in dire need of a positive to build upon.

The Stars, one of only two teams who haven’t claimed a regulation-time victory (the other is the winless Arizona Coyotes), have not only been outscored the first period of games this season, but that deficit is by a bigger margin during second periods. Consistency has definitely been an issue. After all, relying on third-period comebacks is no recipe for success.

The Flames return to action after watching their six-game winning streak snapped by a 3-2 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. Calgary, which is on a 6-0-2 run since dropping its season opener, outshot the Predators by a 40-22 margin, but still needed a third-period comeback to earn the single point.

Calgary forward Brett Ritchie is expected to miss some time after leaving Tuesday’s game following a second-period fight with Mark Borowiecki. Brad Richardson will likely step into the lineup for the first time this season. Richardson, who won a Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 — a team coached by Sutter — signed as a free agent in the summer and was injured during the preseason.

StreakSmarter Pick
Calgary Flames