Stars-Ducks Preview

Sunday, 10.20.2013 / 8:31 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Ducks Preview

Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks
Sunday October 20
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM

About the Stars

The Stars (3-4-0) lost 5-2 at Los Angeles Saturday night. The two teams were tied 2-2 heading into the third period, but the Kings scored early in the final 20 minutes to take the lead and added two late goals to seal the victory.

“Luckily, we were in the game until the third, but if you keep giving them chance after chance a team like that is going to break through,” said Stars forward Rich Peverley, who had one goal and one assist.

The Stars will have a quick turnaround, playing at Anaheim at 5 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday.

“We’ve got to forget about this one, obviously,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn, who had two assists. “We’ve got to take the positives out of it, learn from our mistakes, try to forget about it and start preparing for (Sunday).”

The Stars have lost three of their last four games.

Who will start in goal for the Stars on Sunday is up in the air.

Injuries: G Kari Lehtonen (lower body) is doubtful. D Aaron Rome (hip) is on a conditioning assignment.

About the Ducks

The Ducks (6-1-0) ran their winning streak to six games with a 3-2 shootout victory over Phoenix Friday night at Honda Center. Teemu Selanne had a goal in regulation and tallied in the shootout. Jonas Hiller stopped 32 shots in the game and three of six in the shootout.

"Today maybe wasn't our best game again, but we played really good defensively, and we didn't give up too many chances," said Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg, who scored the shootout winner. "We have great goaltending, and that's been taking us to a couple of wins in the last couple of games."

Sunday’s game wraps up a five game homestand for the Ducks, who will open an eight game road trip in Toronto on Tuesday.

Injuries: G Viktor Fasth (lower body) is day to day. D Sheldon Souray (wrist), D Luca Sbisa (ankle) and LW Matt Beleskey (upper body) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of three meetings between the Stars and Ducks this season.

*The Stars were 2-2-1 against the Ducks last season.

*The Ducks were 3-2-0 against the Stars last season.

*The Stars are 64-29-14 all-time against Anaheim.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have lost three straight games on the road.

*The Ducks are 4-0-0 at home this season.

*The Ducks have allowed only five goals over the last four games (1.25 per game).

*The Ducks are 0-22 on the power play over the last five games and rank last in the league for the season at 3.7 percent (1-27).

*The Ducks are 13-13 on the penalty kill over the last four games.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (4) and points (10).

*Seguin is on a six game points streak (4 goals, 6 assists, 10 points).

*Jakob Silfverberg leads the Ducks with 4 goals.

*Mathieu Perreault leads the Ducks with 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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