A chance to actually go above the NHL version of .500.

A chance for a season-high three-game winning streak.

A chance to finally win on the road again.

A chance to leap over not just one, but four teams in the Western Conference standings and move to 10th spot.

All were wasted by the Calgary Flames in their 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars Monday night.

“These three games on this trip are all four-point games for us,” said Curtis Glencross. “You can’t expect to jump in the standings if you only play 40 minutes of a game, or 30 minutes. It’s unacceptable.”

A horrible first period during which they fell behind by three goals was too much for the Flames to overcome — although they came close — before the American Airlines Center crowd of 16,057, and their road losing skid is now at seven games (0-6-1) and more than a month in duration.

Loui Eriksson scored twice, first capping the opening frame for Dallas (13-12-3) and then netting the eventual winner.

Erik Cole and Eric Nystrom also scored in the opening frame for the hosts, who were full marks for their lead and held the Flames to a mere five shots on goal in the opening frame.