Series (Game 1 of 2)

Philadelphia leads 2-0

Game 1: Saturday, February 5th
Game 2: Saturday, March 19th

Stars 1

(30-18-5, 65 pts)

Flyers 3

(35-13-5, 75 pts)

Coverage: RDS

7:00 PM ET, February 5, 2011

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
DAL 0 1 01
PHI 1 1 13

B. Boucher (Flyers - G): Saves: 30, Save Pct.: .968

A. Meszaros (Flyers - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

B. Morrow (Stars - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Stars-Flyers Preview


The Dallas Stars have allowed an average of 5.0 goals during their recent slump.

That doesn't bode well heading into a date with the NHL's highest-scoring team.

The Philadelphia Flyers look to extend their lead atop the Eastern Conference as they host the struggling Stars on Saturday night.

Philadelphia has won seven of nine, scoring at least three goals in each victory. The 3-2 win Thursday against Nashville gave the Flyers (34-13-5) a league-leading 176 goals as they rebounded from a 4-0 loss Tuesday in Tampa Bay.

Ville Leino scored twice, including the game-winner on a 360-degree move in front of the net before backhanding it in for his 13th goal. It marked Leino's first multigoal game of his career.

"When he has the puck, he's going to make things happen," teammate Jeff Carter said of Leino. "He's going to make the fancy plays and he's going to make the easy plays."

Carter added his 24th goal and has four goals and three assists in his last four games. Sergei Bobrovsky continued his stellar play, making 26 saves to improve to 7-1-0 with a 2.18 goals-against average in his last eight starts. The surprising rookie is now 22-7-3 with a 2.48 GAA.

Philadelphia has beaten Dallas in three straight, including a 3-2 victory March 18 in the most recent meeting.

The Pacific Division-leading Stars (30-17-5) head into Saturday's contest banged up after a physical 6-3 loss to Boston on Thursday.

Adam Burish was placed on injured reserve and Krys Barch will remain home after each suffered facial fractures in a fight-filled start to the game. There were three separate fights in the first four seconds.

Steve Ott, who scored twice in the last season's 6-3 loss Jan. 12, 2010, against the Flyers, received a 10-minute game misconduct in the second period for jawing with Boston captain Zdeno Chara.

"You get reputations of being a frustrating team to play against and they're obviously a team that plays hard in the East," Ott said.

Ray Sawada hurt his shoulder and took a hit to the head from the Bruins' Daniel Paille, who received a four-game suspension from the league Friday.

Making matters worse, Dallas has lost four of five after going 7-0-1 in its previous eight. The Stars have been outscored 25-12 during their slump, and the 25 goals allowed are the most of any team since Jan. 21.

Kari Lehtonen is 1-3-0 with a 3.89 GAA in his last four, and backup Andrew Raycroft hasn't won since Jan. 9. Raycroft was pulled just over one minute into the game against Boston after allowing goals on both shots he faced.

Lehtonen is 0-9-1 with a 3.75 GAA in his career versus the Flyers, but Raycroft is 5-2-0 with a 2.28 GAA in his last seven against them.

Dallas is 11-3-1 against the East, but it has lost its last two visits to Philadelphia. The Stars' last victory there was a 4-1 win Dec. 1, 2007.