Friday, February 4, 2011
By Mark Stepneski
Dallas Stars at Philadelphia Flyers
Saturday, February 5
TV: TXA 21
About the Stars
The Stars are coming off a 6-3 loss at Boston on Thursday. It was the Stars’ fourth loss in the last five games (1-4-0) and their third straight on the road.
The Stars fell behind 4-0 in the first period of a game that featured three fights in the first four seconds.
“Fights come and they can go either way, we just made some bad decisions and gave up some odd-number rushes,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “The crowd was into it. We were just as excited as they were, we were just a little more reckless.”
Dallas lost three forwards in the game to injury -- Adam Burish, Krys Barch and Ray Sawada.
The Stars recalled forwards Francis Wathier and Colton Sceviour from the Texas Stars. Travis Morin, who did not travel with the team to Boston on Wednesday, joined the team as well.
Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars.
Injuries: F Adam Burish (face), F Krys Barch (face), F Ray Sawada (shoulder/nose), F Jamie Benn (shoulder), F Tom Wandell (shoulder) and F Toby Petersen (leg) are out.
About the Flyers
The Flyers defeated the Nashville Predators 3-2 in Philadelphia on Thursday. It was the Flyers’ seventh win in the last nine games (7-2-0) and gave them an 11-3-0 record over their last 14 games. Ville Leino scored two third-period goals for the Flyers.
“The win was big -- that first game after the break [4-0 loss in Tampa] was bad,” Leino said. “I’m happy to have two goals. I feel like my self-confidence hasn’t been there and the work ethic hasn’t been as hard. So definitely it’s going to carry on, and I’ll be better next game.”
The Flyers have won five of their last six at home and are 8-2-1 in their last 11 home games.
Injuries: F Ian Laperriere (concussion) is out.
*This is the first of two meetings between the teams this season.
*The Flyers won both meetings last season, topping the Stars 6-3 in Philadelphia and 3-2 in Dallas.
*The Stars have been outscored 20-8 during a three-game road losing streak.
*The Stars have allowed 6 goals or more in three of their last five games.
*The Flyers have scored 5 goals or more in five of their last 11 games.
*The Stars are 1-18 on the power play over their last five games.
*The Flyers are 20-22 on the penalty kill over the last eight games.
*Stars captain Brenden Morrow has nine goals in the last 14 games.
*Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter has eight goals in the last 10 games.