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5 THINGS: PHI vs. DAL

Flyers look to play spoiler to the Stars as they kick off final road trip in Dallas

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

Philadelphia Flyers (37-34-8, 82pts) at Dallas Stars (41-31-7, 89pts)

at American Airlines Center | Dallas, TX

TIME: 8:30 p.m. ET |  TV: NBCSP |  RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

presented by The Rothmans Institute at Jefferson Hospital

 

GAME NOTES

 

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 1-0-0

All-Time Record: 36gp (14-11-9-2)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 81-pts, Giroux (21g-60a)

DAL: 75-pts, Seguin (31g-44a)

 

1. ROAD SHOW

The Flyers kick off their last road trip of the season - the Flyers are coming off of back-to-back road losses, and haven't lost three straight on the road since their post-holiday trip when they dropped six straight from Dec. 27-Jan. 12... Since Jan. 12, they have the fourth-most road wins in the NHL (10) and seventh most points (21) with a 10-4-1 record, and are ranked fifth on the penalty kill on the road at 85.7 percent, allowing just five goals in those 15 games.

2. SKY FULL OF STARS

Dallas enters tonight's game looking to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2016 after missing the previous two seasons... A win or loss in overtime/shootout would guarantee them a spot... They own a 10-4-2 mark since Feb. 28, and have earned points in each of their last four games (3-0-1), all of which were on the road, with their last two games decided in a shootout, and nearly 50 percent of their goals have been scored on the power-play (5 of 12).

 

3. STAR POWER

The Flyers have earned points in four of their last five meetings against the Stars, including three straight (2-0-1) that have all been decided by one goal, including their only meeting this season, a 2-1 win on Jan. 10... Despite that success, the Flyers haven't fared too well in Dallas, dropping four of their last five visits, including each of the last three (0-2-1)... Since the Stars moved to Dallas from Minnesota, the Flyers have had 14 of 36 meetings (38.8%) go past regulation play.

 

4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER

THIS: Dallas forward Alexander Radulov has a five-game point streak (3g-3a) entering tonight's game, including a three-game goal-scoring streak... THAT: Since Jan. 9, Oskar Lindblom ranks third among all rookies in goal-scoring with 10 tallies... THE OTHER: The Flyers have won five straight games against Central Division opponents and own an overall mark of 7-5-0 against the Central, while the Stars have lost four ion their last five and own a losing record of 5-10-0 against the Metro.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:

 

FLYERS (LW: #25 - James van Riemsdyk)

van Riemsdyk factored into both goals in the last meeting with Dallas, posting an assist and the game-winning goal... That game also kicked off a scoring spree for JVR - since Jan. 10 he is T-5th in the NHL with 20 goals in 35 games... He also has eight goals and nine points in 10 games against Central Division opponents this year.

 

STARS (D: #4 - Miro Heiskanen)

Selected third overall in the 2017 Draft, the 19-year-old leads all rookie defensemen in goals (12) and is second in points (33) and third in assists (21)... He also averages over 23 minutes of ice time per-game (23:12) and has had 14 games in which he has logged 25 minutes or more... Lately, Heiskanen has four points (2g-2a) in his last six games.

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