User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
Horses
More
Betting Tools
 
Preview: Stars (13-13) at Flames (17-15)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Date: February 13, 2013 9:30 PM EDT
  

The Dallas Stars are on a roll, mainly due to solid goaltending and their recently stellar play on the road.

That may not bode well for a Calgary Flames team that's having trouble winning at home.

Dallas can win its fifth straight game by sending Calgary to its sixth loss in seven home games Wednesday night.

The Stars (7-5-1) earned a third straight road victory after Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves to lead his team to a 4-1 win at Edmonton on Tuesday night.

Lehtonen has a 1.77 goals-against average and .940 save percentage while winning his last five starts, including each during Dallas' four-game winning streak.

Advertisement

"We are just trying to play hard right now,' Lehtonen said. "We know we are not the most skilled team out there with the biggest names. We are a hard-working club and everybody in this room feels we have a chance to win on any given night. We have done well the last few games here and hopefully we can keep it going.'

It's unclear, though, if Lehtonen or Richard Bachman, who made 32 saves in a 2-0 loss to Phoenix on Feb. 2 in his only start, will get the nod as the Stars play their second game in as many nights.

Dallas is 1-14-2 in the second night of back-to-back sets since last season.

Jaromir Jagr's goal Tuesday extended his team lead to nine points while Ryan Garbutt, Brenden Dillon and Eric Nystrom also scored for Dallas.

"It's up to us how well we do,' Jagr said. "I don't think we have the kind of team that can allow itself to play up-and-down hockey. We are a good cycling team and we have the goaltending.'

Calgary is 5-1-2 in its last eight meetings with the Stars and 3-0-1 in the last four home matchups, but it is coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to Minnesota on Monday that dropped it to 1-3-2 at home this season.

Coach Bob Hartley switched up his lines after Saturday's 5-1 loss in Vancouver, most notably teaming captain Jarome Iginla with Jiri Hudler and rookie Ben Street for a good portion of Monday's contest.

Hudler scored, though Iginla, who was drafted 11th overall by Dallas in 1995 but was traded to Calgary before ever donning a Stars sweater, remained with only one goal.

"Our fans certainly deserved that win (Monday). We battled, but not as consistently as I would have liked,' Hartley said. "It seems that we dominated some parts and they dominated us in some other parts.'

Leland Irving played well in net, though, making 23 saves in his third straight start in place of Miikka Kiprusoff, who will be out at least two more weeks because of a sprained knee ligament.

He's 1-1-1 with a 2.62 GAA in four total appearances.

"Obviously we've got to win some games," Irving said. "At the end of the day it's a results-driven business and I'll do everything I can to prepare myself to give these guys a chance to win."

Hartley gave Irving a vote of confidence after Calgary claimed goaltender Joey MacDonald off waivers from Detroit on Monday.

"We're going to keep riding Leland," Hartley said. "He's building confidence."

Iginla had two assists to help overcome a pair of goals from Jamie Benn in Calgary's 5-4 victory March 26 in the most recent meeting.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   PUC   O/U 
 DAL         
 CGY         
BT MOVEMENTS

 
 
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
2014 VI College Bowl Betting Guide