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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Philadelphia Flyers

March 10, 2015
6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Channel Guide)
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (29-27-10) are coming off a 5-4 loss at Tampa Bay Saturday night. The Stars had a 3-2 lead heading into the third period, but the Lightning struck for two quick goals early in the third to take the lead.

“Really inexcusable the way we lost at Tampa,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Bad [line] changes gave up a couple opportunities. They didn’t earn those opportunities. Make the other team earn them, and we didn’t make the other team earn them. That was a tough one to swallow.”

Tyler Seguin, who missed the previous ten games with a knee injury, returned to the lineup and scored two goals in the game for the Stars.

Defenseman John Klingberg left Saturday’s game with a lower body injury. He practiced Monday and is listed as day to day.

Tuesday’s game is the third of five straight on the road for the Stars.

Injuries: D John Klingberg (lower body) is day to day. D Trevor Daley (lower body), LW Travis Moen (upper body) and RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) are out.

About the Flyers

The Flyers (28-26-13) lost 5-2 at New Jersey Sunday. The two teams were tied 1-1 after one period, but the Devils scored twice in the second and again early in the third to build a 4-1 lead.

"Our compete level; we don't come to play every night," Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds said. "You can have a couple off shifts a game but that's the extent of it. You can't be going 20 minutes without playing the right way. Today was awful. No one really played a good game, and we left [goaltender Steve Mason] out there to dry, and it killed us.”

Coupled with Boston’s win over Detroit on Sunday, the Flyers fell to seven points out of the final playoff spot in the East with the loss in New Jersey.

Injuries: D Nicklas Grossman (upper body) is questionable. D Radko Gudas (knee) and D Michael Del Zotto (right foot) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Flyers.

*The Flyers won, 6-5, in Dallas on Oct. 18.

*The Stars have lost four straight games at Philadelphia. Their last win in Philadelphia was Dec. 1, 2007,

Statistical tidbits

*The Flyers are 8-1-3 in their past 12 home games.

*The Stars are 6-6-0 in their past 12 road games.

*The Stars are 8-9-3 since the All-Star break.

*The Flyers are 9-4-6 since the break.

*The Stars rank second in the league in goal scoring (3.09 per game) and are tied for 27th in goals against (3.29 per game).

*The Flyers rank fourth in the NHL on the power play (22.8 percent) and 28th on the penalty kill (76.2 percent).

*Stars captain Jamie Benn 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 20 games since the All-Star break.

*Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds has 16 points (10 goals, 6 assists) in 19 games since the All-Star break.

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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