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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Friday, December 11

7:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (21-5-2) are coming off a 6-5 win over Carolina Tuesday at American Airlines Center. The Stars squandered a 5-1 third-period lead but won the game on a power-play goal with 18.5 seconds remaining in regulation.

“We got two points. That’s probably the best part,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn, who had one goal and three assists. “They played a pretty good game from start to finish. They probably outplayed us most of the game. We just capitalized on our chances early and then found a way to get a big [power-play] goal at the end.”

The Stars have points in six straight games (4-0-2).

The Stars will head into Friday’s game with two good practices under their belts.

“The one today (Wednesday) was a great practice. There was lots of energy in it. We had a couple of good drills. We had some great goals scored in practice,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “I think just coming off a long road trip and getting a game and now having a couple of days was excellent for our club.”

Defenseman Jason Demers, who has missed three games with an upper-body injury, has practiced the past two days. He is expected to return Friday.

Friday’s game wraps up a two-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: None.

The Flyers (12-11-6) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-2 win at St. Louis Thursday. Claude Giroux scored one goal and assisted on two others, and Michal Neuvirth stopped 35 of 37 shots for the Flyers.

“We expected a low-scoring game. They are a good defensive team,” Neuvirth told CSN Philadelphia. “We were focusing on our end and shutting these guys down. What a team effort and a great win in a tough building.”

The Flyers, who won in St. Louis for the first time since December 2005, improved to 5-1-1 in their past seven games.

Friday’s game will wrap up a two-game road trip for the Flyers.

Injuries: F Sam Gagner (upper body), D Mark Streit (groin) and D Luke Schenn (foot/ankle)

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

*The Stars won 2-1 in Philadelphia on Oct. 20.

*The Stars are 3-1-1 in their past five games against the Flyers.

*The Stars are 12-4-0 vs. the Eastern Conference, including 6-0-0 vs. the Metropolitan Division.

*The Flyers are 4-4-3 vs. the Western Conference, including 4-2-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 5-1-0 in their past six home games and are 10-3-0 at home this season.

*The Flyers are 4-0-0 in their past four road games and 7-6-2 away from home this season.

*The Stars lead the NHL in goal scoring at 3.50 per game.

*The Flyers rank 29th in the league in scoring at 2.07 per game, but they have scored three goals or more in six of their past seven games.

*Stars forward Jamie Benn (19 goals, 20 assists) and Tyler Seguin (15 goals, 24 assists) are tied for second in the NHL in scoring with 39 points each.

*Benn’s 19 goals are tops in the league.

*Claude Giroux leads the Flyers with 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists).

*Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth leads the NHL with a .938 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 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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