Dallas is one of the four other teams fighting with the Flames for the final spot in the west. They currently sit three points back of the Flames win a game in hand. A loss tonight to the Flames would really put Dallas behind the 8-ball going forward.
The trade of Nick Grossman today kind of signals that the Stars are going the sell rather than buy route. While they maybe close to the final post-season spot, their management and ownership seems a bit more interested in saving money than "going for it" as things stand. Perhaps the Flames can take advantage tonight and move ahead of the Stars for good in the race.