Stars-Flyers Preview

Wednesday, 03.19.2014 / 9:50 PM
Mark Stepneski

Dallas Stars at Philadelphia Flyers

Thursday March 20

6:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (32-25-11) saw their winless streak hit three games as they fell 5-1 to the Penguins in Pittsburgh Tuesday. The Stars have been outscored 12-3 over their last two losses.

“It’s just about bearing down and playing a full 60,” said Stars center Tyler Seguin. “I thought there were times we were competing and skating well, but it wasn’t for the full three periods tonight.”

Tuesday’s game marked the return of goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who had missed four games due to a concussion. He stopped 27 of 32 shots.

The Stars enter Thursday’s game two points behind Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Stars have one game in hand on the Coyotes.

Thursday’s game wraps up a three-game road trip for the Stars.

Stars GM Jim Nill announced Wednesday that forward Rich Peverley underwent successful surgery Tuesday to correct an abnormal heart rhythm.

“He is currently in normal sinus rhythm,” Nill said in a statement. “He will be monitored closely and may require further treatment. There is no decision being made at this time on his ability to return to hockey participation."

Peverley, who underwent the procedure in Cleveland, is expected to return to Dallas on Thursday.

Injuries: C Shawn Horcoff (upper body) and F Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat) are out.

About the Flyers

The Flyers (36-25-7) won their third straight game, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Chicago 3-2 in overtime Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Claude Giroux scored the game-winner with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, tallying on a shot from the right circle off the rush.

“It's pretty incredible," Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier said of Giroux. “I saw him skate up the ice, and there's 10 seconds left, so you're thinking it's going to go to a shootout. What a great shot. He's done it all year, big goals. He's clutch for sure.”

The Flyers are currently in second place in the Metropolitan Division, but they have only a three point lead over the ninth place team in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Tuesday’s game kicked off a four-game homestand where the Flyers play some stiff competition from the West, and will continue with games against Dallas, St. Louis and Los Angeles.

“They're up for it," Flyers coach Craig Berube said of his players. “They know the situation that's at hand. We need points. Lot of teams right there. It's tight. We've got to win hockey games. Our guys are ready. They're competitive and they're working hard.”

Injuries: None

Series Notes

*This is the second and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Flyers.

*The Stars took the first meeting, defeating the Flyers, 5-1, in Dallas on December 7.

*The Stars have lost three straight in Philadelphia with their last win there coming on December 1, 2007.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 5-4-1 since the Olympic break.

*The Flyers are 6-2-1 since the break.

*The Stars are 10-13-2 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Flyers are 13-9-2 vs. the Western Conference.

*The Stars have been outscored 14-3 over the last seven periods of regulation.

*The Flyers have scored four or more goals in five of their last eight games.

*The Flyers are 7-31 (22.6 percent) on the power play over the last eight games.

*The Stars have been on the power play just five times over the last three games, and have not scored during that stretch.

*The Flyers are 18-18 on the penalty kill over the last five games.

*Stars center Tyler Seguin has points in six straight games (six goals, six assists, 12 points).

*Flyers forward Claude Giroux has points in four straight games (one goal, six assists, seven points).

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