Stars Head to Anaheim, Turn Attention to Ducks

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 12:07 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars Head to Anaheim, Turn Attention to Ducks

With the final regular season game behind them, the Dallas Stars now turn their attention to the Anaheim Ducks, their first round opponent in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With the series opening Wednesday in Anaheim, the Stars are flying straight from Phoenix to California to prepare for the series.

“It’s something that Jim [Nill, Stars GM] and I have discussed,” Ruff said. “It just doesn’t make any sense spending two or three hours flying back [to Dallas] and then flying out again. We get there, we get a day off, we practice on Tuesday and we are ready to go.”

Ruff started his preparation for the Ducks even before the Stars took on Phoenix in Sunday’s regular season finale.

“I’ve already gone back and looked at parts of games that we played them. We played well against them at times,” said Ruff.

The Stars won two of three against the Ducks. They lost 6-3 in Anaheim in October, won 6-3 in Dallas in November and then won 2-0 in Anaheim in February.

“But the playoffs is a different beast,” Ruff said. “They’ll know everything about us in a game or two and we’ll know everything about them. A lot of it is going to come down to the will and taking advantage of situations inside a game.”

Anaheim comes into the playoffs as the top seed in the Western Conference after finishing tops in the Pacific Division with 116 points.

“We know them well and we’ve had some success against them,” said Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. “They’re fast, they’re a bigger team and they obviously had a great season. We are looking forward to the challenge.”

And Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said his team expects a challenge from the Stars.

“We know we have a real worthy opponent,” Boudreau told media Saturday after the Ducks beat Los Angeles in a shootout. “They’ve beaten us twice out of the three times this year, and they’ll be ready to play. They’ve got a lot of young guys that are just excited to be there. I’ve been in that situation. They’re a tough team to beat.”

Quotable: Stephane Robidas on playing the Stars

“I've played against good friends before and whenever I'm on the ice, you put aside friendship. I really want to win a Stanley Cup. That's my goal and they're standing in our way right now.”

- Former Stars and now Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas on meeting Dallas in the first round of the playoffs

Stars-Ducks schedule

The NHL released the schedule for the first round of the playoffs. The Stars and Anaheim Ducks open their series on Wednesday at Honda Center in Anaheim.

Here are dates, times and local and national television coverage for the series.  Times are Central.

Game 1: Wed, April 16, Dallas at Anaheim, 9 p.m., FSSW, NBC Sports Network, TSN
Game 2: Fri, April 18, Dallas at Anaheim, 9 p.m., FSSW, NBC Sports Network, TSN
Game 3: Mon, April 21, Anaheim at Dallas, 8:30 p.m., TXA-21, NBC Sports Network, TSN
Game 4: Wed, April 23, Anaheim at Dallas, 7 p.m., FSSW, CNBC, TSN
*Game 5: Fri, April 25, Dallas at Anaheim, 9:30 p.m., FSSW, NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Game 6: Sun, April 27, Anaheim at Dallas, FSSW, TBA, TSN
*Game7: Tue, April 29, Dallas at Anaheim, FSSW, TBA, TSN

*If necessary

First round playoff matchups

Here are the matchups for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

WESTERN COFERENCE

Pacific Division

Anaheim vs. Dallas
San Jose vs. Los Angeles

Central Division

Colorado vs. Minnesota
St. Louis vs. Chicago

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

Boston vs. Detroit
Tampa Bay vs. Montreal

Metropolitan Division

New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia
Pittsburgh vs. Columbus

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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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 54 28 33 16 61
T. Seguin 54 28 30 11 58
J. Klingberg 54 9 35 15 44
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 54 16 24 -1 40
A. Goligoski 54 4 20 17 24
C. Eakin 54 10 13 1 23
M. Janmark 54 10 10 13 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 51 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 14 5 0 .909 2.82
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