The Flyers open a three-game road trip in Dallas in search of their first win of the season against the Stars. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography)
Four games into the season, the Flyers are still in search of their first win. Progress takes many forms. It was definitely seen in their last two games against the Canadiens and Ducks, despite losses in both games in the shootout.
After three days off from game action, the Flyers return to the ice, this time in Dallas to face the Stars in the first of a three-game road trip.
The opening face-off is set for 8 p.m. from American Airlines Arena.
After two regulation losses to open the season, the Flyers have fallen twice via the shootout this week.
It's been hard to fault both goaltenders for the early-season woes. Steve Mason, who suffered the loss on Tuesday, will be between the pipes for the Flyers on Saturday. He has an 0-2-1 record with a 3.30 GAA and .884 save percentage.
A bulk of the offense has come from Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds added a goal on Tuesday for five total through four games. He remains the only Flyer with more than one goal this season entering Saturday. His seven points also lead the team.
It was announced early Saturday that the Flyers would be without Braydon Coburn and Jason Akeson for Saturday's game. Coburn is still not ready to return from a foot injury, but it appears likely that he will play next Tuesday in Chicago.
Inserted into the Flyers lineup again is Blair Jones and making his season debut will be Chris VandeVelde. VandeVelde had two goals in the Phantoms season-opener before getting the call following Tuesday's loss to the Ducks.
The Stars, 2-1-1 on the season, are coming off a dramatic win against the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this week. Tyler Seguin scored the game-winning goal with three seconds remaining.
Seguin has put together a strong start to his season, scoring four goals in four games. Jamie Benn has also started strong, scoring two goals and adding three assists for a team-leading five points.
Jason Spezza and Antoine Roussel are also among the Stars scoring threats at forward.
Dallas also has some offensive defensemen in the lineup. Trevor Daley has the only goal for a defensemen this season and also two assists. Alex Goligoski has three assists.
In goal, the Stars will start Kari Lehtonen. Lehtonen is 2-0-1 this season with a 1.95 GAA and .933 save percentage. However, in his career against the Flyers, Lehtonen is 0-10-2 with a 3.50 GAA.
Flyers scratches: Braydon Coburn, Jason Akeson, Vincent Lecavalier
Flyers Projected Lineup
Line 1: Brayden Schenn-Claude Giroux-Jake VoracekLine 2: Matt Read-Sean Couturier-Wayne SimmondsLine 3: Michael Raffl-R.J. Umberger-Pierre-Edouard BellemareLine 4: Blair Jones-Chris VandeVelde-Zac Rinaldo
D-Pair 1: Andrew MacDonald-Nick SchultzD-Pair 2: Nick Grossmann-Mark StreitD-Pair 3: Michael Del Zotto-Luke Schenn
Goalie: Steve Mason
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