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Game Day: Lone Star Invasion

Dallas Stars (6-9-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (9-6-4)
Wachovia Center - 7 PM EST - Philadelphia, PA
TV: CSN-HD, FSN Southwest
Radio: 1210 AM WPHT, XM 205
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What to Watch For: Keep an eye on Jeff Carter. He's been really good at hockey lately. And watch the Flyers power play... they're going to score on Dallas' atrocious PK.

Between The Pipes: Marty Biron is expected to start for the Flyers, and why the hell not. He followed up his 40-save shutout against his former team, the Sabres, on Friday night with another quality performance on Saturday against Phoenix (two of his 2 GA were just weird goals, not his fault). After starting the season 0-3-1, Biron has reverted to last season's form lately, going 7-2-1 since his rough start.

Dallas counters with all-star netminder Marty Turco. He's had a rough season so far (3.49 GAA, .872 Save % in 17 games), as has the entire Stars team, but he's coming off a good performance on Saturday night, a 2-1 shootout loss to Anaheim.

Injury Report: Danny Briere is still out with his nagging groin issue. Defenseman Ossi Vaananen is expected to return to the lineup tonight after missing time with a broken finger. He tried to return on the 13th against Pittsburgh but re-injured himself during the game. I would guess Luca Sbisa takes a seat to fit him in, as the 18-year-old rookie has shown his age a little bit in the past few games. Lasse Kukkonen could also sit, however. Riley Cote has been placed on the long-term injured reserve and will be out until November 29th, at the earliest.

Stars captain Brendan Morrow found out Friday that he'll miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. The Stars are also missing Jere Lehtinen and Joel Lundqvist.

Hot Off The Presses: Tim Panaccio of wrote on Sunday how the Flyers, notably Jeff Carter, have stepped up their games in the absence of Danny Briere. Chuck Gormley writes in today's Courier-Post how the unknown nature of Briere's injury status is frustrating the all-star forward. Sam Carchidi of the Inquirer says that Briere is likely to miss Wednesday's game against Carolina as well. Ed Moran of the Daily News tells us why the Flyers don't need Brendan Shanahan. From Dallas, we hear that the Stars suck at defense and need to improve it before even thinking about the offense.

Unsung Hero: Newcomer Matt Carle has played fantastic hockey since being acquired from Tampa Bay. He leads the Flyers with 23 blocked shots.

Behind Enemy Lines: Andrew's Dallas Stars Page.

We should win.

Let's Go Flyers!

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