The Central Division meets the Metro Division as the Dallas Stars grapple with the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. The Stars enter this game off a 3-1 road win over the Blues, while the Flyers enter off a 5-3 loss to the Capitals on the road.
Stars Grab Nice Road Win Against The Blues
The Dallas Stars have not really played well on the road this year, but they do come in off a nice 3-1 road win over the St Louis Blues in their last action. The Stars have been playing solid hockey of late as they come in having won three of their last four games and five of their last seven games. They have now moved into 3rd place in the Central Division and are sitting just six points out of first. Dallas could be a team to watch in the 2nd half. Scoring in the win over the Blues was Tyler Seguin, who scored twice and now has 17 on the year and John Klingberg, which was his 6th. The Stars have gone 9-14 on the road and they have averaged 2.17 gpg and have allowed 2.83 gpg in those games.
Grabbing the win was Ben Bishop, who stopped 26 of the 27 shots that he faced to move to 15-12 with a 2.36 GAA on the year. Anton Khudobin is slated to get the start and he has gone 8-9 with a 2.52 GAA and a .924 save percentage on the year, including 3-7 with a 2.73 GAA and a .922 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 4-3 with a 3.10 GAA against the Flyers. Dallas checks in at 9th in the league in power play conversions at 22.1 ppg and 8th in penalty kill at 82.8%.
The Losses Keep Coming For The Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers are reeling as they enter this game having lost their last eight games in a row. Philadelphia has dropped to last place in the Metro Division and their 36 points are 2nd fewest in the league. I feel that is safe to say that the Flyers will not be apart of the postseason party this year. Philadelphia has had their problems in the crease this year, but it has been the offense that has really struggled of late as they have scored a total of 10 goals over their last seven games. The Flyers are off a 5-3 loss to the Capitals on the road and scoring in the loss was Jakub Voracek, which was his 11th of the year, Wayne Simmonds, which was his 13th and Claude Giroux, which was his 14th. The Flyers have gone 7-13 here at home for the year and they have averaged 2.60 gpg and have allowed 3.35 gpg in those games.
Absorbing the loss was Mike McKenna, who allowed four goals on 24 shot attempts to fall to 1-6 with a 3.99 GAA on the year. It was his first action for the Flyers since coming over from Ottawa. Carter Hart will get the nod in this one and he has gone 2-5 with a 2.68 GAA and a .909 save percentage on the year, including 2-3 with a 2.41 GAA and a .915 save percentage here at home. This will be his first meeting with the Stars. Philadelphia enters this contest ranked 29th in power play conversions at 13.3% and 28th in penalty kill at 75.2%.
- 7-19 in their last 26 vs. a team with a winning record
- 1-7 in their last 8 vs. the Western Conference
- 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record
- 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days res