Stars try to stay hot against visiting Flyers

The Dallas Stars will aim for their fifth win in six games when they host the Philadelphia Flyers in tonight's battle at American Airlines Center.

The Stars, who lead the Pacific Division with 39 points, have won four of five games and they have compiled an 8-4-1 record since a season-worst five-game losing streak from Nov. 11-19.

The Flyers, meanwhile, are hoping to get leading scorer Claude Giroux back tonight after the forward suffered a concussion on Dec. 10 against Tampa Bay. Philadelphia has played the last four games without Giroux, but he is with the team on this road trip and has been participating in full-contact practices.

Giroux, who is tied for the NHL lead with 39 points, is questionable for tonight's game.

Dallas opened a three-game homestand on Monday with a 5-3 decision over the Anaheim Ducks. The victory boosted the Stars' home record this season to 10-4-1.

Michael Ryder scored the game-winner early in the third period to help the Stars rebound from Friday's 6-3 loss in New Jersey.

Dallas grabbed a 3-0 lead by the early stages of the second period, but the Ducks responded by tying the game before the end of 40 minutes. Ryder and Eric Nystrom would each score in the third period to help the Stars record the victory.

"Our message between the second and third periods was that we can't do it with just a strike of lightning," Dallas head coach Glen Gulutzan said. "We have to do it together, and the guys did that over the last 20."

Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro added a goal and assist each for the Stars, while rookie goaltender Richard Bachman stopped 25-of-28 shots.

Andrew Raycroft was expected to be the Stars' top goaltender while regular No. 1 Kari Lehtonen recovers from a groin injury, but Bachman has taken over that role. The 24-year-old has started the last five games for Dallas and is 4-1-0 over that stretch.

Stars rookie defenseman Phillip Larsen sat out the last game with a charley horse and is questionable for tonight.

The Flyers have lost their last two games after beginning December on a seven- game winning streak. Philadelphia had the hot streak snapped Saturday in a 6-0 rout at the hands of the visiting Boston Bruins. The Flyers then opened a five-game road trip on Tuesday with a shootout loss in Colorado.

Danny Briere helped the Flyers salvage a point in Denver, as he scored with 19 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 2-2. However, Ryan O'Reilly scored the winner in the shootout and the Avalanche grabbed the extra point with a 3-2 decision.

O'Reilly was the fifth skater to score in the shootout as he made a move and lifted the puck over Ilya Bryzgalov. Matt Read had the last shot of the game and beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere, but rang his wrister off the crossbar.

Scott Hartnell had a goal and an assist, while Bryzgalov made 25 stops.

In addition to Giroux, Philadelphia forwards Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier are also sidelined with head injuries and are not expected to play tonight. Flyers captain Chris Pronger is also out for the season with post-concussion symptoms.

Despite the loss in the opener of this road trip, Philadelphia still has the best away record in the NHL this year, going 12-3-2 away from the City of Brotherly Love.

The Flyers have won five straight against the Stars and Philly has taken the last two encounters in Big D.