Flyers host Stars to complete weekend back-to-back

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Flyers' Travis Sanheim
Flyers’ Travis Sanheim (Photo Credit: Alex McIntyre)

Almost 24 hours ago, the Philadelphia Flyers fell 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators, who had a couple of familiar faces return to the Wells Fargo Center. Claude Giroux tacked on three points.

John Tortortorella wasn’t happy about the penalties taken, which was the central focus surrounding the loss:

“You can’t win in the NHL if you’re going to play against two opponents. That’s the opponent, themselves, and us. We did so many good things, but then we self-implode with the penalties. Just unnecessary penalties; can’t do it.”

John Tortorella; 11/12/2022

Wade Allison was injured versus the Senators, adding to a rough couple of outings for the Flyers. Today, they could redeem themselves when they host the Dallas Stars. Here’s the tale of the tape for the 1pm tilt:

Dallas Stars

When the puck drops today, it’ll begin the first of two meetings between Dallas and Philadelphia for the 2022-2023 season. These two clubs clashed 156 times. The all-time road record for the Stars against the Flyers is 48-73-32-3, including an era where you could tie in the NHL.

Here’s the tentative lineup for the Stars, per Sam Nestler:

Robertson-Hintz-Pavelski
Marchment-Seguin-Blumel
Benn-Johnston-Dellandrea
Kiviranta-Faksa-Glendening

Heiskanen-Miller
Suter-Lundkvist
Lindell-Hakanpaa

Oettinger
(Wedgewood)

Jake Oettinger (5-2-0, 93.1%SV, 1.9GAA) wasn’t as stable against the San Jose Sharks. Returning from injury, he surrendered a season-worst five goals on eighteen shots. Curious about his trajectory upon return from injury, it could be a weakness the Flyers exploit.

Jamie Benn (6G, 7A) will threaten Philadelphia. Benn can jumpstart scoring unassisted. He did versus San Jose before they began to spiral defensively:

“Good teams stop the bleeding quickly. They don’t let one or two losses turn into six or seven.”

Pete DeBoer; 11/11/2022

Philadelphia Flyers

Here’s the tentative lineup for the Flyers, per Eric Reese:

Farabee-Hayes-Konecny
N. Cates-Laughton-Tippett
Bellows-Sedlak-MacEwen
Deslauriers-Frost-Laczynski

Provorov-DeAngelo
Sanheim-Braun
Seeler-Ristolainen

Sandstrom
(Hart)

Special teams were the Flyers’ undoing yesterday versus Ottawa. Kevin Hayes grabbed the early lead, starting well. Unfortunately, Philadelphia couldn’t keep out of the penalty box.

On three powerplay chances, the Flyers couldn’t convert any. Combine the inability to convert with an extra-man and the lack of discipline against a stellar powerplay, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Travis Sanheim (-3, 30BLK, 9GV, 35.8%CF) had a prime scoring chance in the second period versus the Senators. The puck whizzed over the net from ten feet out. Aside from that, he mostly took the brunt of hits. Sanheim cannot get pushed around. Tortorella challenged him to be more impactful already this season.

Allison, a critical skater in the lineup, left yesterday’s tilt in the second period. He needed help to get to his feet from Scott Laughton. Injuries are nothing new for his career. Kieffer Bellows could jump into the lineup in the aftermath.

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Game Information

The puck drops lives from the Wells Fargo Center at 1pm. You can watch today’s contest between the Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

(Photo Credit/Alex McIntyre)

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