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Dallas can clinch playoff berth with one point; Philadelphia hoping to avoid third straight loss

by Jeff Miller / NHL.com Correspondent

FLYERS (37-34-8) at STARS (41-31-7)

8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW+, NBCSP, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Dallas Stars can clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a point against the Philadelphia Flyers at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

Dallas, which is 3-0-1 in its past four games, also would reach the postseason for the first time since 2016 if the Arizona Coyotes lose to the Los Angeles Kings in any fashion.

The Stars are three points ahead of the Colorado Avalanche for the first wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference, and five points behind the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues for second place in the Central Division.

The Flyers, who were eliminated from playoff contention Saturday, will try to avoid their third straight loss.

 

Players to watch

Flyers forward Claude Giroux has 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) in his past 18 games.

Stars forward Alexander Radulov has 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in his past 13 games.

 

They said it

"All it really comes down to your own personal motivation, your own personal pride to go out and play and play hard and play well." -- Flyers coach Scott Gordon

"I think the feeling now is just we're going out to play a game and we're going to win it. We don't think about the point we need." -- Stars forward Mattias Janmark

 

Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Nolan Patrick -- Oskar Lindblom

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Ryan Hartman -- Scott Laughton -- Travis Konecny

Michael Raffl -- Corban Knight -- Justin Bailey

Ivan Provorov -- Travis Sanheim

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Philippe Myers

Robert Hagg -- Samuel Morin

Cam Talbot

Carter Hart

Scratched: Brian Elliott, Andrew MacDonald, Phil Varone, Radko Gudas

Injured: Michal Neuvirth (lower body)

 

Stars projected lineup

Mattias Janmark -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Jamie Benn -- Roope Hintz -- Jason Dickinson

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Valeri Nichushkin -- Jason Spezza -- Tyler Pitlick

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen -- Roman Polak

Taylor Fedun -- Ben Lovejoy

Anton Khudobin

Landon Bow

Scratched: Julius Honka, Joel L'Esperance, Jamie Oleksiak

Injured: Brett Ritchie (hand), Stephen Johns (upper body), Marc Methot (lower body), Martin Hanzal (back), Mats Zuccarello (arm), Justin Dowling (upper body), Ben Bishop (lower body)

 

Status report

Talbot, acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 15, will make his third start for the Flyers and second in the past three games. Elliott will start in goal against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday and Hart gets the start against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. … Khudobin will make his third straight start and play in his fourth straight game since Bishop left during the second period against the Calgary Flames on March 27.

 

Stat pack

Couturier has 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in his past 15 games. … Seguin has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past seven games.

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