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Saturday, December 7th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (13-13-2) at Dallas Stars (13-9-5), 2 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers continue a six-game road trip on
Saturday afternoon in Dallas, where they will try to avoid their first loss to
the Stars in six years.
The Flyers have won each of their past six meetings with the Stars, having not
lost to the club since Dec. 1, 2007 in Philadelphia. That streak includes
three straight victories in Dallas.
Philly is 2-1 so far on a six-game swing, having rallied from two goals down
to beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-3 on Wednesday. Sean Couturier paced the
comeback with his first career four-point game, notching two goals and a pair
Matt Read, Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell also tallied during the Flyers'
run of five straight goals scored and Steve Mason made 32 saves.
"We knew we had to come out flying and get pucks on the net," Read said of the
team's comeback. "It was just a very gritty comeback win by us and something
we can build off of."
Read and Hartnell added two assists each. Hartnell is scheduled to skate in
his 900th career regular-season game tonight, while Read is tied with Vincent
Lecavalier for the team lead in goals with nine.
Lecavalier has missed the past two games with back spasms and is not expected
to play today either.
Mason, who has won three straight starts, is 4-3-1 with a 2.31 goals against
average in his career versus the Stars.
Dallas has points in five straight, going 2-0-3 in that span. The Stars are
coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday despite
registering a season-high 50 shots on net.
Shawn Horcoff had a goal and an assist and Erik Cole also scored for the
Stars. Kari Lehtonen allowed all three goals on 24 shots.
Dallas lost not only the game but defenseman Trevor Daley to a lower-body
injury when he crashed into the end boards during the second period and had to
be helped off the ice.
"He's got an injury that looks like it's going to take some time," said Stars
head coach Lindy Ruff. "It's going to be nothing that's going to be short-
Dallas is already without defender Stephane Robidas for the next 4-to-6 months
due to a broken leg. Jamie Oleksiak and Kevin Connauton are in line to fill
the void left by Robidas and Daley, with Connauton having picked up his first
NHL point with an assist on Thursday.
If Ruff wants to find a good spot to rest Lehtonen, today may be the time. The
netminder has never beaten the Flyers in his career, going 0-10-2 with a 3.50
Backup Dan Ellis is 1-1-0 in three career starts against the Flyers, but with
a 6.23 GAA.
12/07 10:34:31 ET