Tyler J. Altemose
The Dallas Stars are in town tonight as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center at 7:00.
Much like the Nashville Predators, not much is known about the Stars.
Currently, the Stars are 30-17-5 with 65 points. They lead the Pacific Division and remain in third place in the Western Conference. Their season up to this point has been rather impressive, but lately the team has hit a snag.
The Stars are just 1-4-0 in their last five games, having been outscored 25-12 in that stretch.
"We're playing top teams, but we're a top team," Stars forward Steve Ott said after the team's 6-3 loss to the Bruins Thursday night. "We've got a good group of players in here and have been hard to play against all season long. We're going to have to find that gear that pushed us through the last couple of months, and we need to show how good of a team we are by playing together every single night. It's going to be tough hockey the rest of the way."
It isn't going to get any easier coming into Philly and playing the top team in the Eastern Conference tonight.
Compounding the issue for Dallas is the fact that the team is literally limping into The Well this evening. Forwards Jamie Benn, Toby Petersen, Tom Wandell (all on IR), Krys Barch, and Ray Sawada are sidelined.
We all know that forward Adam Burish is (conveniently) out as well.
Colton Sceviour and Francis Wathier have been recalled from the Texas Stars, the team's AHL affiliate.
No word has leaked yet on the Flyers' lines for this evening's game. Fourth-liner Jody Shelley was scratched for Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning after falling ill and remainded a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Predators. No word is out whether he will or will not play this evening.
There is also no official word get on who the Flyers' net minder will be, but all signs point to Brian Boucher. Sergei Bobrovsky has started the team's previous four games.
According to the Star-Telegram, Kari Lehtonen will be in net for the Stars.
(More to come...)