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Stars GameDay: Stars look extend NHL points lead against Flyers

Stars’ 20-year-old right winger Valeri Nichushkin has registered points in four of the past five games, with two goals and five assists during the span.
Stars’ 20-year-old right winger Valeri Nichushkin has registered points in four of the past five games, with two goals and five assists during the span. AP

Flyers at Stars

7:30 p.m. Friday, American Airlines Center, Dallas

TV: FSSW Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM

Records: Flyers 12-11-6, 30 points; Stars 21-5-2, 44 pts.

About the Flyers: Philadelphia is playing the second game of a back-to-back on the road after beating the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Thursday night, Philly’s fourth road win in a row. … Steve Mason will likely be in goal for the Flyers after Michal Neuvirth stopped 35 shots in Thursday’s start. Mason is 5-8-4 with a 2.93 goal-against average but was pulled 1:14 into the second period Tuesday after giving up three goals on 10 shots against the New York Islanders. … Defenseman Radko Gudas returned to the lineup Thursday after serving his three-game suspension for an illegal hit against to Ottawa Senators forward Mika Zibanejad.

About the Stars: Dallas is coming off a 6-5 victory Tuesday over the Carolina Hurricanes, despite blowing a four-goal lead in the third period. ... Dallas leads the NHL with 44 points, three ahead of the Montreal Canadiens. … Forward Valeri Nichushkin has earned points in four of the past five games, with two goals and five assists during the span. … Stars goalie Antti Niemi (11-4-2) picked up the win Tuesday without making a save after replacing Kari Lehtonen midway through the third period. ... According to the Hockey-Reference database, Niemi’s win Tuesday is only the fourth since 1987 that a goalie has been credited with a win in a game where he made no saves. The last to do it was former Stars goalie Richard Bachman in 2013. Craig Billington did it twice for the Colorado Avalanche two years apart in 1996 and 1998.

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