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Calgary at Dallas
When: 8:30 PM ET, Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

The first-place Calgary Flames will try to build off the second-best start in franchise history and complete a perfect three-game road trip when they visit the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. Calgary, the only team in the league to boast five players with at least 35 points, routed St. Louis 7-2 on Sunday as the No. 1 line of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm continues to stuff the scoresheet at a prolific pace.

"We're a deep team, we're a good team," Flames defenseman Mark Giordano, who has 35 points - 11 (three goals, eight assists) during a five-game streak - told reporters. "I think the belief is there right now. And we have to continue that feeling. Any time you can pile up points before the halfway point of the season - it's a good thing." Calgary is 12-2-1 in its last 15 games with Gaudreau (nine goals, 17 assists) and Monahan (11, nine) doing the most damage during that span. Dallas is riding a season-high four-game losing streak - on the heels of a season-high four game winning streak - after Saturday's 6-4 setback at Colorado, prompting coach Jim Montgomery to tell reporters: "I can't say we know what type of team we are. You're going to have ebbs and flows. We've got to get back on track here." The Stars prevailed 4-3 on Tyler Seguin's goal at 24 seconds of overtime on the road Nov. 28 in the first of three meetings this season, giving Dallas four straight victories in the series.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, Sportsnet West (Calgary), FS Southwest Plus (Dallas)

ABOUT THE FLAMES (22-10-2): Gaudreau (team-high 45 points) and Monahan (club-most 20 goals, 39 points) are complemented by Lindholm, who has six goals and eight assists in the last 10 games. Matthew Tkachuk, who scored Sunday in his hometown of St. Louis, has 15 goals and 40 points with three and 10 coming in the past nine contests. David Rittich (11-3-1, 2.21 goals-against average, .925 save percentage) played on back-to-back nights for the first time in his career this weekend, stopping 60 of 63 shots as he continues to outplay Mike Smith (11-7-1, 2.99, .888).

ABOUT THE STARS (16-14-3): Tyler Seguin (10 goals) leads the team with 30 points after scoring twice Saturday - his first two goals to go along with three assists in seven December games. Captain Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov - Seguin's linemates - are second and third in points (26 and 25) with Benn scoring his club-high 13th goal Saturday and Radulov contributing two assists Saturday. The Stars continue to play without defensemen John Klingberg (broken hand) and Connor Carrick (fractured foot), who could be back right after Christmas, while the situation is less clear for blueliners Marc Methot (knee) and Stephen Johns (headaches).

OVERTIME

1. Calgary C Sam Bennett (five goals, 10 points, team-high 51 penalty minutes) played in 147 straight games before missing Sunday's contest with an undisclosed injury.

2. Dallas has lost three straight versus the Pacific Division after going 9-0-1 in its first 10 such games this season.

3. The Flames, who started 23-6-5 in 1988-89 en route to winning their only Stanley Cup, are tied with Colorado for the most road wins in the Western Conference (11) entering Monday.

PREDICTION: Flames 3, Stars 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Calgary 22-10-1-1 W3 11-3-1-1 11-7-0-0 3-1-0-1 19-9-1-0 6-5-0-0
Dallas 16-14-3-0 L4 10-3-1-0 6-11-2-0 2-1-1-0 14-13-2-0 1-3-1-0
Last Meeting
Calgary Dallas
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/28/18 DAL 4 (OT) CAL 3 33 24 1-5 28 30 1-2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Calgary M. Giordano 2
Dallas G. Bayreuther 2
Goals Player  
Calgary J. Gaudreau 1
Dallas G. Bayreuther 1
Assists Player  
Calgary M. Backlund 1
Dallas G. Bayreuther 1
Saves Player  
Calgary D. Rittich 24
Dallas A. Khudobin 30
Season
Total Points Player  
Calgary J. Gaudreau 51
Dallas T. Seguin 33
Goals Player  
Calgary S. Monahan 23
Dallas J. Benn 16
Assists Player  
Calgary J. Gaudreau 33
Dallas T. Seguin 21
Saves Player  
Calgary M. Smith 499
Dallas B. Bishop 575
Quickchart Matchup
Calgary Off vs  Dallas Def
3.59 GF
2.82 GA
32.4 Shots
31.2 Shots
28 PP
18 PK
Dallas Off vs  Calgary Def
2.79 GF
2.71 GA
29.8 Shots
28 Shots
19 PP
22 PK