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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars



Dallas Stars at Philadelphia Flyers

Tuesday, October 20

6:30 p.m.

TV: NBC Sports Network

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM


About the Stars

The Stars (4-1-0) won their third straight game, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2 at Florida Saturday. Center Tyler Seguin had two goals and two assists and captain Jamie Benn had two goals and one assist for the Stars.

“Pretty greasy, pretty gritty," Seguin said. "I thought the boys worked hard, played a full 60 minutes, and everyone is happy with that win."

LW Travis Moen, who did not play Saturday due to an upper-body injury, practiced Monday but is not expected to play Tuesday.

Tuesday’s game is the third of a four-game road trip for the Stars, who are 2-0-0 in the first two games with a 9-5 advantage in goals.

Injuries: LW Travis Moen (upper body), LW Curtis McKenzie (lower body) and RW Patrick Eaves (lower body) are out.


About the Flyers

The Flyers (2-1-1) last played Wednesday when they defeated Chicago, 3-0, in Philadelphia. Michal Neuvirth stopped 30 shots for his second consecutive shutout. Neuvirth stopped 31 shots in a 1-0 shutout win over Florida last Monday.

“I just feel the more I play, the better I feel and more confident I get,” Neuvirth told reporters after the game. "Just coming to the game, coming in relaxed and just thinking to myself have fun and trust yourself. It felt good.”

Flyers No. 1 goaltender Steve Mason, who has been out due to personal reasons, has returned to the team and could play Tuesday. Forward R.J. Umberger is doubtful with an upper-body injury.

Tuesday’s game wraps up a three-game homestand for the Flyers, who are 2-0-0 in the first two games and have not allowed a goal, outscoring their opponents 4-0.

Injuries: G Steve Mason (personal) is probable. F R.J. Umberger (upper body) is doubtful.


Series Notes

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

*The Stars were 1-0-1 against the Flyers last season.

*The Stars are 40-71-34 all-time vs. Philadelphia.


Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have scored nine goals in the first two games of their road trip.

*The Flyers have allowed no goals in the first two games of their homestand.

*The Stars have scored on the power play in four of their five games and are 6-18 (33.3 percent) on the power play this season.

*The Stars have not allowed a power-play goal in four of their five games and are 9-11 (81.8 percent) on the penalty kill.

*The Flyers are 3-16 (18.8 percent) on the power play and 17-21 (81.0 percent) on the penalty kill.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has registered points in all five games this season (five goals, three assists).

*Stars center Tyler Seguin has points in four straight games (three goals, five assists).

*Brayden Schenn leads the Flyers in scoring with three points (two goals, one assist).

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen is 1-10-3 vs. the Flyers with a 3.49 goals-against average and .891 save percentage.

*Stars goaltender Antti Niemi is 2-1-0 vs. the Flyers with a 1.83 goals-against average and .936 save percentage.

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 DallasStars.com 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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