Welcome to Hockey night in Canada

After finishing the month of November in a glamorous fashion, and with a tremendous home and home series sweep, the Calgary Flames will commence the festive month by hosting the “twinkle twinkle little Stars” who are 8-11-4 with a total of 20 points.

Needless to say, the Dallas Stars may rank 15th in the western conference division, but they still have a game at hand – having played only 23 games so far; thus, they will be even more instigated to challenge the Flames’ fortifying image.

Notwithstanding this prediction, the Flames have an upper hand over the Stars. They are 9-3-1 on home ice, while the Stars are 5-7-1 on the road. Relatively, they have a better power play record (20:15.09%) respectively, and their penalty killing unit has a success rate of 83.64%. The Stars, on the other are sitting at 75.25%. At a glance, the Flames will have to stick to their flourishing strategy and not get too pumped up. A sluggish performance may not only cost them a game but will be an infringement to their current “winning profile”. To put it simply, Modano and associates are not a dopey team. They got their dividend at the expense of the Edmonton Oilers (on Sunday) to the extent of outraging Craig McTavish.

Tips of the day

Aucoin, Giordano, Pardy, Phaneuf, Regehr and Sarich will have to be the brick forts at the blue line.

The forwards will have to encompass “rocket speed” to surprise Turco.

Can the Flames outshine the Stars? Find out which of the two western conference teams’ can maintain their best of the west profile on The Sports network (SNET-W). It all begins on December 2nd at 8:00 pm. Fans on the run can tune in to hear the Voice of the Flames and his color commentator, Mike Rogers on The Fan 960.

Ouchy ouch list

1. W. Primeau – day to day
2. D. Boyd – day to day
3. J. Vandermeer – 4-6 weeks
4. R. Warrener – indefinitely