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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Stars-Flyers Preview

By Mark Stepneski


Philadelphia Flyers at Dallas Stars
Wednesday December 21
6:30 p.m.
TV: Versus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (19-12-1) opened a three-game homestand with a 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks Monday night. It was the fourth win in the last five games for the Stars, who won despite blowing a 3-0 lead in the game.

“People say when you come back from the road the first game’s like a hangover,” Stars forward Michael Ryder said. “We stuck with it, and we got the lead. They managed to tie it, but we had a great third and came out with two points, which is huge.”

Richard Bachman, who stopped 25 of 28 shots in Monday’s victory, will get his sixth straight start Wednesday.

The Stars placed RW Tomas Vincour, who is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a knee injury, on injured reserve Tuesday and activated Adam Burish, who will return to the lineup after missing 15 games with a broken hand.

Injuries: D Philip Larsen (charley horse), Tomas Vincour (knee) and G Kari Lehtonen (groin) are out.

About the Flyers

The Flyers (20-8-4) opened a stretch of five straight on the road with a 3-2 shootout loss at Colorado Monday. The Flyers did manage to get a point out of the game and force overtime, tying the game with 18.1 seconds remaining on a goal by Wayne Simmonds.

“We showed a lot of character coming back in the third period on the road,” said Flyers forward Daniel Briere. “I like how we never quit and kept coming and coming, but it still feels like a loss and the feeling isn't that great.”

Flyers center Claude Giroux, who has missed the last four games with a concussion, practiced with the Flyers in Dallas on Tuesday. He is listed as day-to-day and could return for Wednesday’s game.

Injuries: C Claude Giroux (concussion) is questionable. C Sean Couturier (head) , D Chris Pronger, C Brayden Schenn (concussion), D Andreas Lilja (ankle), C Blair Betts (knee) and D Erik Gustafsson (wrist) are out.

Series notes

*This is the only meeting between the two teams this season.

*The Stars were 0-1-1 in last season’s series against the Flyers.

*The Flyers were 2-0-0 against the Stars last season.

*The Stars are 38-69-33 all-time against the Flyers.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are winless in their last five games against the Flyers (0-4-1).

*The Flyers have the NHL’s best road record at 12-3-2.

*The Stars are 6-4-1 against the Eastern Conference this season.

*The Flyers are 5-1-2 against the Western Conference.

*The Stars are 35-39 (89.7%) on the penalty kill over their last 13 games.

*The Flyers are 1-17 (5.9%) on the power play over the last four games.

*The Stars are 6-32 (18.8%) on the power play over their last eight games.

*The Flyers have allowed 16 power play goals over their last 14 games and are 49-65 (75.4%) on the PK during that stretch.

*Stars captain Brenden Morrow is on a four-game points streak (three goals, two assists).