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Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Attendance: 14,868
Flyers at 'rock bottom' as Stars come to town
Dallas Stars at Philadelphia Flyers
- The Stars have won their last three games against the Flyers, including a 5-2 win in Dallas this season (Nov. 13). These teams both entered the NHL in 1967-68, yet this is only the second time the Stars (Minnesota or Dallas) have won three consecutive games versus the Flyers. Dallas also posted three straight wins against Philadelphia in 2015.
- The Stars did not allow a power-play goal in nine consecutive games from Nov. 23 through Dec. 11, but they have allowed at least one PPG in 12 of their 13 games since then and in each of their last seven games. This is the first time Dallas has allowed a power-play goal in each of seven consecutive games since the 2016-17 season.
- Roope Hintz did not score a goal in his first 11 games this season but he's scored 17 goals in 25 games since then. He's the first Stars player to score 17 or more goals over a 25-game span in one season since Tyler Seguin in 2017-18. Before this season, Hintz's career high for goals over a 25-game span was 12.
- The Flyers' 11-game winless streak (0-8-3, outscored 43-22) is their longest since 1999, when they set the franchise record with a 12-game win drought (0-8-4, Feb. 24-March 16). Philadelphia's current winless streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season. The Coyotes and Islanders each had an 11-game winless streak earlier this season.
- Cam Atkinson leads the Flyers with 11 points during their 11-game winless streak (three goals and eight assists while playing in all 11 games). No other Flyers player has more than seven points since the winless streak began on December 30.
- Carter Hart is 5-2-1 with a 2.25 GAA, .934 save percentage and one shutout in eight games against Western Conference teams this season. Hart is 2-11-4 with a 3.20 GAA and .900 save percentage in 18 games versus Eastern Conference clubs.
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The 2021-22 season continues to careen in the wrong direction for the Philadelphia Flyers.
On Monday, the Flyers will look to snap an 11-game losing streak when they host the Dallas Stars. The Flyers also dropped 10 in a row from Nov. 18-Dec. 8.
Philadelphia's 11th straight defeat, a 6-3 loss Saturday on the road against the Buffalo Sabres, was especially distressing. That's because the Sabres had lost nine consecutive games at home before exploding for six goals.
"I think we're all in this together," said captain Claude Giroux, who scored two goals against the Sabres. "Right now, it feels like we're hitting rock bottom and it just feels like we can't catch a break. We do a lot of good things out there, but when something bad happens, it's really bad."
The Flyers have been besieged with injuries, most notably to Sean Couturier, Ryan Ellis and Joel Farabee. But every team has been dealing with injuries and COVID-19 issues.
"Lose 10 in a row, you come into Buffalo and you lay a goose egg, it's embarrassing," Scott Laughton said. "It's tough right now. We need to find a way, and the only guys who are going to get us out of it are the players. We've got to come to work tomorrow, have a good practice and be ready.
"There's not much else to say. We've got to get ourselves out of this. It's not acceptable at this level," Laughton added.
The Stars will be searching for their third straight victory when they visit the Flyers.
In their most recent game Friday, the Stars traveled to Detroit and defeated the Red Wings 5-4 in overtime. They're 2-0 on this four-game road trip, though the wins haven't been pretty.
Far from it.
"We're certainly not happy giving up four goals, but we're certainly happy we scored five," Stars coach Rick Bowness said. "We have to tighten up. We're trying to find ways to win 2-1, 3-2, but if we can find a way to score four or five goals, we want to do that. But there's too many goals going in our net."
Dallas had lost seven in a row on the road before this stretch and it has compiled only six road victories all season. But suddenly, the team is finding ways to win and that's something to build on.
"What we said before we started this road trip is what's done is done," Bowness said. "None of us are happy with the road record, but you put it behind you, and you move forward. That's two big road wins in a row, and we need a few more. We need that fight that we saw tonight."
The win at Detroit was choppy for big stretches. When the season is complete, no one will remember how the two points were added to the total.
"That's not the way how we want to play," Joel Kiviranta said. "We try to keep low score and defense tight. But I think the main thing is we still got the two points from today."
--Field Level Media
Updated January 23, 2022