Monday, Apr 1, 2013, 5:30 PM PDT
American Airlines Center
TV: Fox Sports West
Radio: AM 830 KLAA
Your Enemy: Defending Big D
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Season Series Record, Ducks vs. Opponent: 1-1-0
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Record (Points): 16-15-3 = 35 points
Place in Pacific Division: 4th place
Place in Western Conference: 10th place
Who's Hot? Jaromir Jagr recently collected his 1,000th assist. He's also leading the Stars with 14 goals and 26 points.
Who's Not? Now might be a great time to see Kari Lehtonen. He's been on the losing side in 2 of the last 3 played and he's given up 12 goals over that span.
Numbers for Nerds: This is the second time this season the Ducks are playing the same opponent 3 games in a row. They lost the mini series to the Phoenix Coyotes going 1-0-2. They're playing multiple teams on back-to-back occasions having just lost both of those matchups to the Detroit Red Wings and the San Jose Sharks. Following this three game stint, they have 1 more set of back-to-back matchups against the Edmonton Oilers; both games in Edmonton.
Enemy Dossier: Defending Big D
I'm going to go ahead and assume we'll be seeing Viktor Fasth here on the second night of back to backs. It almost doesn't matter who's in the net these days as the Ducks biggest problem is scoring, scoring, scoring! They are going to make things very hard on themselves if they can't find a way to get the puck into the net. Simple as that. The big line is going to need to pot a few to get things going, and once again, the Ducks are going to look to their depth as a back-up. One or even two goals a game isn't going to cut it.
The easiest way to slow this scoring slump might come in the form of the power play unit (and whomever is on those units) as they are going to need to start using those rare opportunities to gain some ground and boost the momentum and the confidence that this team is currently lacking.
This is the beginning of another mini best-of-three match-up and this time it's coming against a much more challenging foe in the Dallas Stars. The next three are going to be a real eye opener as to where this team currently stands.
UPDATE @ 2:30pm PT:
@steve_lavery #NHLDucks are listing LW Matt Beleskey as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.— Dan Wood (@Duckscolorman) April 1, 2013