Dec 21, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman (2) chases Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek (93) during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars Game Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers are set to take on the Dallas Stars in a 2:00 p.m. matinee.

Halway through their six-game road trip, the Flyers are 2-1 and are coming off an impressive win in Detroit. The last time these two clubs met, the Flyers won the contest 4-1 thanks to goals from Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Jaromir Jagr and Andrej Meszaros. Giroux had a four-point night in his first game back from a concussion. (Let’s also not forget another event that happened the last time the Flyers travelled to Dallas.)

This will be the first of two meetings this year. The Stars will travel to Philadelphia Mar. 20.

The Flyers (13-13-2, 28 pts) have, yet again, another chance to climb over the .500 mark. Dallas has managed to gain at least one point in their last five games.

The Stars (13-9-5, 31 pts) have struggled on their own home ice. They own the league’s worst power play on home ice and have given up a power play goal in eight of their last 11 games. While the Flyers power play has looked better at times, the man advantage for the orange and black was red hot against Detroit, converting on all three opportunities.

Speaking of hot, watch for the Sean Couturier line again. Couturier, Matt Read and Steve Downie all scored against Detroit and have produced 25 points in their last 10 games. Couturier, who is celebrating his 21st birthday today, has found his offensive game of late, scoring six points (4G,2A) in his last four games.

As of this post, no starter has been named for either side. Should the Stars choose Kari Lehtonen, the Flyers will be facing one of the most underrated goaltenders in the league. Lehtonen has put together an impressive season thus far – 11-5-5 .926 save percentage, 2.25 goals against average -, but has had trouble with the Flyers in the past. Lehtonen careers numbers are 0-10-1 with a .891 save percentage and a 3.50 goals against average against Philadelphia

The Flyers have struggled at times on this road trip to put together a full effort. Dallas has shown they will scrap and claw to get a point and a win this afternoon will give the team a much needed boost over the .500 mark.


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