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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Dallas Stars

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Besides last year’s 5-1 setback, the Flyers won the previous three trips to Dallas and since the 2008-09 season, the Flyers own a 7-1-0 record against the Stars… Since the club relocated to Dallas in 1993-94, the Flyers own a 10-8-9 record with nine ties and a 4-6-0 record in Dallas… Captain Jamie Benn has six points (2g-4a) in six games against Philly… Goaltender Kari Lehtonen has started three of the Stars’ first four games - he has also never beaten the Flyers, going 0-10-2 in 12 career appearances… Anders Lindback is the back-up goaltender… Claude Giroux averages a point-per game with seven points (2g-5a) in his career against the Stars, including a four-point game (1g-3a) in 2011-12… Defenseman Mark Streit has five points (2g-3a) in eight career games against the Stars.

Since starting out the season with two losses, one in a shootout, the Stars have won two straight games… Both victories came on the road including a win over Pittsburgh on Thursday in which they scored two goals in the final 2:57 of regulation and the winning goal with 3.9 seconds left by Tyler Seguin… The Stars return home for a two-game stint after being on the road for three straight games in a week span… Both of the Stars wins this season have come against Metropolitan Divison opponents… The Stars have allowed a power-play goal in three of their four games so far this season, including two to the Penguins on Thursday… Should he play tonight, forward Curtis McKenzie will be making his NHL debut - he won the AHL’s rookie of the year last season.

Jakub Voracek is the only Flyer to have registered a point in all four games this season (1g-3a)… The Flyers are tied for second in the NHL for the most second-period goals (6)… The Flyers are 10th in the NHL in shots (133), but are second among NHL teams who have played four games or less… The Flyers have also surrendered the first goal in three of their first four games and seven of the 14 goals scored on the Flyers have come in the third period… The Flyers have points in two straight games, dropping both of those games in a shootout - the Flyers have never played in two shootouts in the first four games of the season since its inception in 2005-06… And should tonight’s game go past regulation play, it will be the first time they have had three of their first five games go past regulation in franchise history… The last time the team had three of its first five games end in a tie after 60 minutes was 1969-70 (44 yrs) when they had five of their first seven games decided in a tie.


For the second game in-a-row Simmonds is the one to watch - he has a three-game goal scoring streak and three straight multi-point games… All seven of his points, including all five goals, have come in the last three games… His five goals are tied for second in the NHL, while his three power-play goals are tied for the NHL lead… Overall, his seven points are also tied for second in the League… Simmonds also was the player to watch last year against the Stars - he led the team in scoring with two goals and three points in the two meetings… In his career, Simmonds has seven goals and 12 points in 19 career games against the Stars.

Tyler Seguin has four goals in four games for the Stars and scored the game-winning goal vs. Pittsburgh on Thursday with just 3.9 seconds remaining, marking the latest game-winner scored in regulation in Dallas Stars history… He led the team with 84 points last year, which was also good enough to finish fourth in the NHL scoring race, right behind Claude Giroux… In his first season since being traded to the Stars from the Boston Bruins, the former second overall draft pick is the only player besides Mike Modano to post a 30-goal, 80-point season since the team moved to Texas… Seguin posted six points in the two meetings against the Flyers last year, including a hat trick and four-point game to give the Stars a 5-1 win in their last meeting at Dallas… In his four-year NHL career, he has eight goals and 14 points in 12 career games against the Flyers.

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