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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 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 61 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 61 14 37 -3 51
E. Cole 56 18 14 4 32
J. Klingberg 47 10 22 4 32
T. Daley 58 16 15 -11 31
A. Hemsky 55 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 61 2 24 4 26
C. Eakin 58 12 13 -3 25
A. Roussel 59 11 11 -11 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 9 .906 2.96
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
 
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