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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Philadelphia Flyers at Dallas Stars

Saturday, December 7
1:00 p.m.
TV: TXA-21
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (13-9-5) are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss in Toronto on Thursday. The Stars scored a late power play goal to tie the game and force the overtime, where Toronto’s Trevor Smith won it with 41.4 seconds left. The Stars lost despite outshooting Toronto 50-24.

“At times it was utter domination. You’ve got to give their goalie (Jonathan Bernier) credit,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “You’ve got to give their team a lot of credit, they found a way to win. They pulled what we pulled the other night in Chicago. Kudos to them.”

The Stars lost defenseman Trevor Daley in the game to what appeared to be an ankle injury. Daley, who was placed on injured reserve Friday, is expected to miss “weeks”. The Stars are already without defenseman Stephane Robidas, who is out long-term with a broken leg.

Kevin Connauton and Jamie Oleksiak will continue to help fill the void on the blue line with Daley and Robidas out.

“They’ve been awesome,” Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski said of Connauton and Oleksiak. “They look comfortable out there. They don’t look nervous and they’ve been making simple plays. Our forwards have been helping out. They’ve looked great.”

Forward Ryan Garbutt, who missed Thursday’s game with a bone bruise in his ankle/foot, practiced Friday and is expected to play Saturday.

The Stars assigned forward Travis Morin to the Texas Stars of the AHL Friday.

Injuries: Ryan Garbutt (ankle/foot) is probable. D Trevor Daley (ankle), D Stephane Robidas (leg) and D Aaron Rome (lower body) are out.

About the Flyers

The Flyers (13-13-2) are coming off a 6-3 victory in Detroit on Wednesday. The Flyers were down 3-1 midway through the game, but scored five unanswered goals to win for the third time in their last four (3-1-0).

"It's good for our confidence, and that's why we won tonight - we're starting to believe in ourselves,” said Flyers forward Sean Couturier, who had four points (two goals, two assists) in the victory.

Philadelphia improved to 2-1-0 on its six-game road trip.

The Flyers, who got off to a dismal start to the season, are 9-3-1 over their last 13 games.

Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier will miss his third straight game with back spasms.

The Flyers had to cancel their practice in Dallas Friday when the facility where they were to skate lost power due to the ice storm that rolled through the area.

Injuries: C Vincent Lecavalier (back) is questionable.

Series Notes

*This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Flyers this season.

*The two teams did not meet last season.

*The Stars and Flyers last met Dec. 21, 2011 in Dallas. The Flyers won 4-1.

*The Stars are38-70-33 all-time vs. the Flyers.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 1-2-4 in their last seven games at American Airlines Center, and 4-3-4 at home for the season.

*The Flyers are 6-3-2 in their last 11 games on the road.

*The Flyers have allowed two goals or fewer in 12 of their last 16 games.

*The Stars have scored two goals or fewer in six of their last eight games.

*The Stars have scored power play goals in consecutive games for the first time since mid-October, when they scored in three straight games from Oct. 11-15.

*The Flyers are 12-40 (30.0 percent) on the power play over their last 12 games.

*The Stars are 5-3-1 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Flyers are 3-4-1 vs. the Western Conference.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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