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Stars return home to host Ducks

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:49 AM

Davis Harper - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Stars return home to host Ducks
Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars
DUCKS (9-18-5) at STARS (18-12-1)

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Last 10: Anaheim 3-6-1; Dallas 5-4-1.

Season Series: This is the second of six season meetings between these Pacific Division rivals. Loui Eriksson had 2 goals and an assist in the first meeting, a 3-1 Dallas win on Oct. 21 in Anaheim.
 
Big Story: After winning three of five on its coast-to-coast road trip, Dallas returns home to face a team that hasn't won on the road since Oct. 27. The Ducks are 2-6-1 overall since Bruce Boudreau took over as coach in late November.

Team Scope:

Ducks: Anaheim has been outscored 40-17 on their extended road losing streak, but a more pressing concern than offensive struggles is the recent play of goalies Jonas Hiller and Dan Ellis. Hiller is 0-5-3 with a 3.23 goal-against average in his last eight road starts, and Ellis fell to 1-5-0 with a 2.79 GAA on the season with Saturday's 5-3 loss to Winnipeg.

"There was a couple others where I didn't think the goalie did a good job of keeping us in the game when he needed to keep us in the game," said Boudreau.  "They've got to make those saves."

Stars: With starter Kari Lehtonen out with a groin injury and backup Andrew Raycroft struggling, Stars coach Glen Gulutzan called on rookie Richard Bachman during the first game of this most recent five-game trip. Bachman stopped all 10 shots he faced in that 5-2 loss to San Jose, then won each of the next three – including a shutout of the New York Rangers.

Bachman and Dallas couldn't keep the magic going Friday against New Jersey, losing 6-3 to end the 6,500-mile trip on somewhat of a sour note. Still, the Stars have a reliable keeper and a three-game homestand to keep improving. And even if Bachman gets a breather, Raycroft owns a 4-1-0 career mark against Anaheim.

Who's Hot: Anaheim winger Corey Perry, who scored two in the loss to Winnipeg, will look for his fourth goal in as many games at American Airlines Center. … Since the start of 2009-10, Eriksson has 10 goals and 19 points against Anaheim. 

Injury Report: Anaheim alternate captain Saku Koivu has missed four games after suffering a groin injury on Dec. 3 against St. Louis. Joining him on the injured reserve is Jason Blake (left wrist surgery) and Matt Smaby (right thumb surgery). … Winger Tomas Vincour (knee) and defenseman Philip Larsen (lower body) are questionable for Monday's game. Typical starting goalie Kari Lehtonen (groin) hasn't played since suffering a groin injury on Nov. 26, and winger Adam Burish is also on the IR with a broken hand.
 
Stat Pack: Dallas will key on Ducks winger Teemu Selanne, who is riding an 8-game point streak (2 goals, 9 assists). In Anaheim's last visit to Dallas on March 23, Selanne scored the game-tying goal with five seconds to play in regulation.

Puck Drop: "We had an opportunity to make it a great trip … 3-2 doesn't look that great. We did have an opportunity to make it a great trip, going 4-1 coast to coast, California to New York. It would have been quite an accomplishment, so we're a pretty disappointed bunch right now." – Dallas captain Brenden Morrow after Friday's loss to New Jersey

2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 10 '12ANA 0 at DAL 2B. Morrow
Feb 01 '12DAL 6 at ANA 2J. Benn
Jan 24 '12ANA 0 at DAL 1A. Goligoski
Jan 10 '12DAL 2 at ANA 5S. Koivu
Dec 19 '11ANA 3 at DAL 5M. Ryder
Oct 21 '11DAL 3 at ANA 1M. Ribeiro
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
T. Selanne33112435+13850
C. Perry33141529-115582
R. Getzlaf3361925-144131
B. Ryan3310717-82101
S. Koivu2851015+42000
C. Fowler3331215-13400
F. Beauchemin334711-61410
A. Cogliano336410-61120
N. Hagman235510-6622
L. Visnovsky20257-61010
T. Lydman31077-112800
L. Sbisa33066-102500
D. Smith-Pelly26325-101011
M. Macenauer29134-41801
M. Beleskey28044-23400
B. McMillan25044-102000
A. Gordon31213-9600
K. Foster9112-5800
K. Palmieri5112+1200
S. Brookbank31022-13700
R. Pelley11101-1700
N. Guenin9101+1600
P. Holland4101+0201
N. Bonino4101-2000
G. Parros17011+03300
B. Maxwell10011-1200
J. Jacques3000+0700
J. Blake3000-1000
P. Maroon2000+0200
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Hiller288-14-5848223.15.898
D. Ellis91-5-0181992.79.910
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
J. Benn3282028+63923
L. Eriksson32111627+7221
M. Ribeiro3242024+02811
M. Ryder3211920+51413
B. Morrow267916-14531
S. Ott2651015+37422
S. Souray3241115+84121
R. Dvorak3231114-2400
E. Nystrom2711213+0901
V. Fiddler323912-21601
S. Robidas322911-41610
T. Daley29369+41212
A. Burish16358-33201
A. Goligoski21347-5420
T. Petersen22224-3400
T. Wandell27134-4800
J. Dowell24123-42200
T. Vincour14123-3200
N. Grossmann29022+32400
P. Larsen15022+2000
A. Pardy13011-5600
M. Fistric21000-11600
K. Barch10000-22300
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
K. Lehtonen1913-4-1435812.34.926
R. Bachman64-1-0121582.25.924
A. Raycroft92-7-0302913.53.897
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