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Stars-Ducks Preview

Friday, 01.31.2014 / 6:42 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Ducks Preview
Previewing Saturday night\'s tilt between the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks.

Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks
Saturday, February 1
9:00 p.m.
TV: TXA-21
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (24-21-9) are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils Thursday at American Airlines Center. The Stars rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime, lost when Patrik Elias score on the power play 40 seconds into the extra period. The Stars registered a season-low 16 shots in the game and went 0-3 on the power play, missing on an early 1:15 five-on-three power play.

“I thought we were awful. I thought we came out flat and could’ve dictated play with our power play in the first and we were awful from the start,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “We lost one-on-one battles, we got out-skated and you don’t win many games playing like that.”

The Stars, who went 3-1-1 on a five-game homestand, now hit the road for their next three games, playing at Anaheim, Phoenix and San Jose.

“It’s going to be a huge trip,” said Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen. “They are three really good teams and they are all ahead of us. We have to beat them if we want to get up there (in the standings).

Injuries: D Stephane Robidas (leg) is out.

About the Ducks

The Ducks (40-11-5) are coming off a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday at Honda Center. Five different players scored goals for Anaheim, which bounced back from a 4-2 home loss to Minnesota on Tuesday.

“We preach about it a lot, bouncing back after a loss,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “When I talk about losing streaks following winning streaks, you try to make it a point to not let it snowball. Not that it won't happen, but that's what we talk about.”

The Ducks improved to 22-2-2 at home this season, but they’ve lost two of the last four after opening the season with a 20-0-2 mark at Honda Center. Saturday’s game is the third of a five-game homestand for the Ducks, who lead the NHL in points (85) and points percentage (.759).

Injuries: F Nick Bonino (upper body) is day to day. G Viktor Fasth (lower) body and D Sheldon Souray (wrist) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the third and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Ducks.

*Both teams are 1-1-0 in the season series.

*October 20, Dallas at Anaheim: Ducks 6, Stars 3

*November 26, Anaheim at Dallas: Stars 6, Ducks 3

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are winless in their last five games on the road and 1-5-2 in their last eight away from home.

*The Ducks have the best home record in the league a 22-2-2, but have lost two of their last four at Honda Center.

*The Stars are 10-31 (32.3 percent) on the power play over the last nine games.

*The Ducks are 16-49 (32.7 percent) on the power play over the last 13 games, including one game where they scored six times on 11 chances.

*The Ducks have outscored their opposition 132-90 during five-on-five play. Their 1.47 five-on-five goals for/goals against ratio is tied with St. Louis for tops in the league.

*The Stars have scored 105 five-on-five goals and allowed 105. Their 1.00 five-on-five GF/GA ration is tied for 14th in the NHL.

*Anaheim is 16-7-1 when allowing the first goal of the game for a .667 winning percentage, the best in the NHL.

*The Stars are 10-2-2 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Ducks are 8-5-0 vs. the Central Division.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has points in five straight games (four goals, five assists).

*Stars center Tyler Seguin has points in four straight games (three goals, five assists).

*Ducks forward Corey Perry has points in four straight games (two goals, two assists).

*Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has points in three straight games (one goal, three 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

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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