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Stars Head to Anaheim, Turn Attention to Ducks

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 1:07 AM / 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.

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 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
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 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
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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