Stars-Flyers Preview

Wednesday, 03.19.2014 / 8:50 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Flyers Preview

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 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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