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Preview: Stars at Flyers

Two teams streaking in opposite directions face off when the Dallas Stars visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. Dallas is winless in its last three contests, dropping a shootout decision to Calgary on Friday before being outscored 12-3 in losses at Winnipeg and Pittsburgh. The Stars, who conclude their three-game road trip in Philadelphia, trail Phoenix by two points for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Preview: Wild at Devils

Zach Parise's decision to sign a 13-year contract with the Minnesota Wild in July 2012 is looking smarter by the day as he leads his team into Thursday night's game at the New Jersey Devils - where he played for the first seven seasons of his career. Parise will play in New Jersey for the first time since signing with the Wild, who hold a five-point lead over Phoenix for the top wild card in the Western Conference. Minnesota breezed to a 4-0 victory over the visiting Devils on Nov. 3.

Preview: Stars at Penguins

For as well as the Pittsburgh Penguins played in a home-and-home sweep of the Washington Capitals, they were nowhere near as effective en route to back-to-back losses to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Penguins will be looking to establish some consistency Tuesday night as they welcome the Dallas Stars to Consol Energy Center. The Stars have also dropped two in a row, most recently a 7-2 thumping at the hands of the host Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

Preview: Wild at Islanders

The Minnesota Wild continue their Eastern Conference road trip with a visit to the New York Islanders on Tuesday. The Wild have one win in their last six games (1-2-3) and are five points clear of slipping out of a wild card playoff spot in the West. The Islanders are firmly entrenched in the basement of the Metropolitan Division and have one of the worst home records in the league (10-17-8).

Flyers sweep weekend series with Pens

Flyers sweep weekend series with Pens PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins received some good news after Sunday's game when coach Dan Bylsma announced that defenseman Kris Letang has been medically cleared to participate in practice. The news on the ice, however, was not as good as the announcement of Letang's scheduled return after missing six weeks following a stroke.

Preview: Sharks at Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist will have a tall task ahead if he wishes to become the New York Rangers' winningest goaltender in franchise history on Sunday. Lundqvist looks to accomplish the feat when the red-hot San Jose Sharks pay a visit to Madison Square Garden. After tying Ed Giacomin with his 49th career shutout against Detroit last Sunday, the Swedish Olympian secured his 301st victory to pull even with Mike Richter in New York's 4-2 road triumph over Winnipeg on Friday.

Preview: Flyers at Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins weren't willing to point the finger toward their litany of injuries as a reason for their lackluster performance in the opener of a home-and-home set with the Philadelphia Flyers. "It's something we've been dealing with all year, and we've found a way," captain Sidney Crosby said after the Penguins' 4-0 loss in Philadelphia. "Now isn't the time to make excuses." The teams will travel west across the Keystone State when they reconvene in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.

Read, Flyers take it to Penguins

Read, Flyers take it to Penguins PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers kicked off an important weekend series against their cross-town rivals with a dominant performance. Right winger Matt Read scored two goals, goaltender Steve Mason made 25 saves and the Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-0, on Saturday in the first meeting in four months between the clubs.

Panthers 5, Devils 3

Panthers 5, Devils 3: Scottie Upshall scored to snap a tie midway through the third period as host Florida rallied from a two-goal deficit to stun New Jersey.

Preview: Devils at Panthers

The New Jersey Devils look to match a season-high three-game winning streak on Friday when they visit the Florida Panthers. New Jersey, which posted victories over Metropolitan Division rivals Carolina and Philadelphia, attempts to win three in a row for the first time since Nov. 16-21. Jaromir Jagr burned one of his former teams by setting up Travis Zajac's first-period goal before netting his 702nd career tally to snap a tie in the third in the Devils' 2-1 triumph over the Flyers on Tuesday.
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