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Flyers' Couturier hopes to continue hot play in Dallas

by Steve Hunt

DALLAS -- Three days after posting his first four-point game in a 6-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier is hoping to continue his hot play as he and the Flyers visit the Dallas Stars Saturday afternoon at American Airlines Center. Hoping to continue his hot hand, Couturier is also celebrating his 21st birthday Saturday. So another big game would only enhance the celebration.

Any plans for practice on Friday were halted when Dallas was hit by a major snowstorm, causing power outages and dangerous roads. So instead of skating, the Flyers opted for a workout at their hotel.

"I've seen weather like this in a lot of places, but in the other places they have trucks and vehicles that take care of the roads," Flyers coach Craig Berube told the team web site. "In Dallas they're not prepared for it."

Steve Mason will be back in goal for the Flyers after making 32 saves in the victory Wednesday against Detroit.

Here are the projected lineups for the Flyers and Stars:


Scott HartnellClaude GirouxJakub Voracek

Michael RafflBrayden SchennWayne Simmonds

Matt ReadSean CouturierSteve Downie

Jay RosehillAdam HallZac Rinaldo

Kimmo TimonenBraydon Coburn

Mark StreitNicklas Grossmann

Luke SchennAndrej Meszaros

Steve Mason

Ray Emery

Scratched: Hal Gill, Erik Gustafsson

Injured: Vincent Lecavalier (back spasms)


Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin

Ray WhitneyCody EakinAlex Chiasson

Erik ColeShawn HorcoffRich Peverley

Antoine RousselVernon FiddlerRyan Garbutt

Brenden DillonJamie Oleksiak

Alex GoligoskiKevin Connauton

Sergei GoncharJordie Benn

Dan Ellis

Kari Lehtonen

Scratched: Dustin Jeffrey

Injured: Trevor Daley (lower body), Stephane Robidas (leg), Aaron Rome (undisclosed).

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