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Stars-Flyers Preview

Wednesday, 03.19.2014 / 9:50 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Flyers Preview
Previewing Thursday night\'s tilt between the Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers.

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).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 64 23 38 -4 61
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 64 15 37 -5 52
J. Klingberg 50 10 24 2 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
C. Eakin 61 15 15 0 30
A. Hemsky 58 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 64 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 62 12 12 -10 24
S. Horcoff 60 8 13 3 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 26 13 10 .906 2.95
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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