VOORHEES, N.J. - The Flyers are hopeful the stars will be aligned Thursday night to end their current eight-game winless streak.
In order to do that, the orange and black have to play considerably better at the Wells Fargo Center, where they play nine of their next 13 games.
The Flyers (15-22-6, 36 points) come into their game with the Stars (23-17-4, 50 points) with the fewest wins on home ice (seven) in the NHL.
Let's take a look at tonight's essentials:
• When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
• Where: Wells Fargo Center
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
• The Flyers have just a 2-5-0 record against teams in the Central Division, for a .290 points percentage - the lowest against any division in the NHL. Their only two wins against Central Division opponents came against the Blackhawks, and most recently, the Predators.
• Over the years, the Flyers and Stars have been giving fans 60 minutes and then some. According to the Flyers' official website, since the Stars moved to Dallas in 1993-94 the two teams have gone to overtime in 40 percent (14 of 35) of their games. The Flyers have earned nine ties in those 14 games.
• Carter Hart will try to end a personal five-game losing streak. The 20-year-old rookie will earn the start while searching for his first win since Dec. 20 when he made 31 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Predators.
The Stars will counter with backup Anton Khudobin (8-7-2, 2.52 GAA, .924 save percentage).
• The Flyers currently have two defensemen in the top 10 in hits with Robert Hagg currently fifth with 142 and Radko Gudas not far behind ranking seventh with 131.
Against the Capitals, Gudas served five minutes for fighting after delivering a clean hip check to Capitals center Travis Boyd. A few seconds after his legal check, Washington forward Devante Smith-Pelly grabbed Gudas and the two players exchanged punches.
Even the game before that I hit (Alexander) Steen at center ice and guys were going after me. I don't know what to say. That's just the way the league is right now. Every hit, everybody thinks it's dirty right now. When I was coming into the league, it was way different. Guys were hitting everywhere.
• Thursday night's game marks the first time the Flyers have seen the Stars since team CEO Jim Lites lit into his star players Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn during an interview with Dallas reporters. Lites referred to Seguin and Benn as f---ing horses--- at the time, claiming the two superstars were holding the team back.
Since Lites' comments, the Stars are 4-1-1 over their last six games with Seguin exploding with six goals and four assists during that stretch.
• The Stars are one of three teams in the NHL along with the Sharks and Lightning with a power play and penalty kill both ranked in the top 10. Dallas comes into Philadelphia with a power-play goal in six straight games, going 6 for 15 for a success rate of 40 percent.
• The Stars' only representative for this year's All-Star Game is 19-year-old rookie defenseman Miro Heiskanen, the third overall pick after Nolan Patrick was taken by the Flyers. Heiskanen is fifth among all NHL defensemen with nine goals this season.
James van Riemsdyk-Claude Giroux-Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Scott Laughton-Nolan Patrick-Wayne Simmonds
Michal Raffl-Phil Varone-Dale Weise
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Shayne Gostisbehere-Radko Gudas
Robert Hagg-Christian Folin
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