Flyers (38-25-13, 89 PTS) @ Stars (38-30-8, 84 PTS)
Previous Meeting: PHI 2 vs DAL 1 F/OT, 12/16/17
Philadelphia heads into the Lone Star State looking to sweep the season series with the Dallas Stars. In their first meeting all the way back in December, the Flyers came away with the win in overtime courtesy of 2 Shayne Gostisbehere goals. Coming into this matchup, Philadelphia enters off the heels of their overtime defeat to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Looking at Dallas, this is a struggling team desperate for a win after falling in their previous 8 contests.
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PUCK DROP: 8:30 P.M.
LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)
Philadelphia: (Flyers Line Combinations)
Based on this morning’s skate for Philadelphia, it seems that Coach Hakstol will be icing the same lineup for the third straight game. Robert Hagg will be a healthy scratch in favor of Brandon Manning, and Petr Mrazek will get the nod in net.
Giroux – Couturier – Konecny
Linblom – Patrick – Voracek
Weal – Filppula – Simmonds
Lehtera -Laughton – Read
Provorov – Gostisbehere
Sanheim – MacDonald
Manning – Gudas
Dallas: (Stars Line Combinations)
According to Mark Stepneski, Jason Spezza is a game time decision for the Stars tonight.
Benn – Seguin – Radulov
Roussel – Faksa – Pitlick
Janmark – Shore – Ritchie
Dickinson – Spezza – Elie
Lindell – Klingberg
Hamhuis – Pateryn
Methot – Johns
THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH
Petr Mrazek will get the start for the Orange and Black tonight, marking his 13th start as a Flyer since being traded from Detroit. With Philadelphia, Mrazek is 5-5-2, with a 3.26 GAA and a .886 SV%. After getting off to a hot start here, his play has been trending downwards of late. With Michal Neuvirth set to return to the team soon, Mrazek will need to up his performance if he wants to lead this team between the pipes in the playoffs.
Since being recalled, Travis Sanheim has been incredibly fun to watch. His goal on Sunday was reward for his solid play, and his confidence seems to be rising with each game. He doesn’t seem to be worried about making a mistake that could cost him to loose ice time that may have plagued him in his first stint with the big club. Sanheim is already showing how important of piece he can to this defense corps, and they’ll need every ounce of him during this stretch run.
If Philadelphia expects to come away from the American Airlines Center with two points, they must keep an extra close eye on the Stars first line. Despite having a down season by their standards, there is no denying the talent that Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, and Alexander Radulov bring to the table. Coach Hakstol needs to implement a strong game-plan in attempts to shut down this line as much as possible and get favorable match-ups on the road, albeit a hard thing to do. It’ll be interesting to see who he pegs to stop the Stars top line during their first shift.