Seeing Stars: Flames gain a single point but lose to Dallas in the shootout


Not even the two goals from Deryk Engelland were enough to give the Calgary Flames a win over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.

The veteran blue liner, not known for his offensive numbers, scored twice — his first two goals as a member of the Flames in his 68th game with the club — but Calgary lost 4-3 in the shootout on home. The Flames still get the single point, staying one ahead of the L.A. Kings in the Pacific Division playoff race.

Meanwhile, the Stars, on Tyler Seguin’s shootout winner, have won four straight to keep their faint playoff hopes alive. It might be too late. They’re six points back of the Winnipeg Jets, holders of the final Wild Card spot with eight games remaining on their schedule.

It could’ve been worse for them on this night.

After all, the Stars did get out to a two-goal lead on the Flames, who have made a habit of erasing opposing team’s leads as this season has gone on. What, exactly, was Dallas thinking?

The Flames, in their trademark fashion, suddenly erased the Stars’ cushion. Johnny Gaudreau got Calgary on the board. Then Engelland netted his first of the night. Those two goals came one minute and five seconds apart.

Dallas once again gained a lead late in the second period, and again, the Flames, on Engelland’s second goal was enough to send it to overtime.

Goalie nods: Ramo faces Lehtonen in key Western playoff battle

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Dallas, Calgary do battle

Pretty significant matchup at the Saddledome tonight when Karri Ramo and the Flames take on Kari Lehtonen and the Stars.

Ramo, getting his fourth consecutive nod, will look to secure two vital points for Calgary — the Flames head into tonight’s action holding third place in the Pacific Division, tied on 86 points with Los Angeles but ahead courtesy the tiebreaker. Ramo gets the start ahead of Jonas Hiller after going 3-1-1 in his last five starts, posting a .913 save percentage.

Lehtonen, the first goalie off at this morning’s skate, looks as though he’ll make his eighth straight appearance. The Finnish netminder has been playing well of late and is a big reason why the Stars have managed to claw their way back onto the fringes of playoff contention: Dallas is 8-2-0 over its last 10 and Lehtonen is 4-1-0 over his last five, posting a stellar .940 save percentage (just eight goals allowed on his last 133 shots faced).


‘Hawks at Flyers: Corey Crawford vs. Steve Mason

Avs at Oilers: Semyon Varlamov vs. Ben Scrivens

Surging Stars might have to keep momentum going without Benn


The Dallas Stars kept their slim playoff hopes alive on Monday with a 4-3 victory over Buffalo, but captain Jamie Benn suffered an undisclosed injury in the process, per the team’s website. Benn missed Tuesday’s practice as a result and is questionable for Wednesday’s game in Calgary.

“Jamie is a little bit of a concern,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “He was hurting late in the game and he was sore today. We’ll see.”

Defenseman Trevor Daley (knee) didn’t join the Stars for their practice on Tuesday either, but he’s skating and will travel with the squad for their four-game road trip. Daley, who has missed nine straight games, is expected to play before Dallas heads home.

The Stars might also get 20-year-old forward Valeri Nichushkin (hip surgery) back in the near future too, but first he’ll report to AHL Texas for a conditioning stint. The plan is for Nichushkin to take part in three minor league contests, starting with Friday’s game.

Dallas is eight points behind Winnipeg in the Wild Card race with just nine contests left. It would take a miraculous run for the Stars to make the playoffs now, but they’ve certainly been doing their best lately with a 8-2-0 run.

Goalie nods: Red-hot Schneider looks to deliver playoff blow to Kings


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Schneider looks to stymie L.A.

The Los Angeles Kings are desperate for points in the Western Conference playoff chase, and will look to get two against one of the NHL’s most in-form goalies tonight at Prudential.

Cory Schneider gets the start for New Jersey, looking to continue what’s been an outstanding month of March; he’s gone 3-3-1 with a 1.94 GAA and .939 save percentage in seven starts, bumping his overall numbers on the season to .929 (second-best save percentage in the NHL) and 2.16 (fifth-best GAA).

The Kings have lost three of four and their offense has sputtered over that stretch, scoring just five times. That doesn’t bode well for a matchup against Schneider, who has held opponents to two goals or fewer in 25 of his last 31 appearances.

For L.A., no word yet on who’ll start but Jonathan Quick appears likely.


‘Hawks at ‘Canes: Corey Crawford vs. Anton Khudobin

Wild at Leafs: Devan Dubnyk vs. Jonathan Bernier

Sharks at Sens: Antti Niemi vs. Andrew Hammond

Sabres at Stars: Anders Lindback vs. Kari Lehtonen

Avs at Flames: Semyon Varlamov vs. Karri Ramo

Jets at Oilers: Ondrej Pavelec (probable) vs. Ben Scrivens

Goalie Nods: The Hamburglar starts for the Sens

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Hammond looks to remain unbeaten in regulation

Andrew Hammond and the Ottawa Senators will look for a sixth straight win tonight when they play host to the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs. Hammond enters the game with a 12-0-1 record to go along with a 1.55 goals-against average since getting called up from Binghamton.

The Sens enter tonight’s action two points back of the Boston Bruins for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Since the last meeting between the Leafs and Senators (Jan. 21), Ottawa is 17-6-2 while Toronto has gone 5-17-3.

James Reimer gets the nod for the Leafs.


Blue Jackets at Flames: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Karri Ramo

Canucks at Kings: Eddie Lack vs. Jonathan Quick

Capitals at Jets: Braden Holtby vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Rangers at Hurricanes: Cam Talbot vs. Anton Khudobin

Islanders at Devils: Jaroslav Halak vs. Cory Schneider

Bruins at Panthers: Tuukka Rask vs. Roberto Luongo

Sharks at Canadiens: Antti Niemi vs. Carey Price

Sabres at Predators: Matt Hackett vs. Pekka Rinne

Blackhawks at Stars: Corey Crawford vs. Kari Lehtonen

Penguins at Coyotes: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Mike Smith

Flyers at Oilers: Steve Mason vs. Ben Scrivens