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Ducks @ Stars PREVIEW/GAMETHREAD: Shine Against the Stars

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Ducks look to bounce back after a bad loss against the Nashville Predators

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Stat Pack

ANAHEIM DUCKS versus DALLAS STARS
34-22-12 (80 points) Record 37-24-6 (80 points)
3rd in Pacific, 7th in West, 12th in NHL Standings 4th in Central, 6th in West, 11th in NHL
2.76 GF/GP 2.85
2.65 GA/GP 2.60
18.20% Power Play 18.90%
83.30% Penalty Kill 83.10%
TEAM STAT LEADERS
Rickard Rakell (30G) Goals Tyler Seguin (36G)
Ryan Getzlaf (40A) Assists John Klingberg (49A)
Rickard Rakell (58P) Points Tyler Seguin (62P)
Rickard Rakell (7PPG) PPG Tyler Seguin (12PPG)
Chris Wagner, Andrew Cogliano (2SHG) SH Devin Shore, Radek Faksa, Tyler Seguin, Mattias Janmark (1SHG)
Cam Fowler (24:32), Ryan Getzlaf (21:01) TOI/GP (D&F) John Klingberg (23:41); Tyler Seguin (20:32)
J.T. Brown (53.38), Hampus Lindholm (51.65) SAT% 5on5 (F&D) Curtis McKenzie (60.71) , Julius Honka (55.27)
Ryan Miller GOALIES Kari Lehtonen
8-5-6 Record 11-7-2
.925 Save % .919
25.96 SA/GP 24.13

Projected Lineups

Anaheim Ducks

Rickard Rakell - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie - Adam Henrique - Ondrej Kase

Jason Chimera - Antoine Vermette - J.T. Brown

Cam Fowler - Brandon Montour

Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson

Marcus Pettersson - Kevin Bieksa

Ryan Miller

John Gibson

Dallas Stars

Mattias Janmark - Tyler Seguin - Alexander Radulov

Jamie Benn - Radek Faksa - Tyler Pitlick

Antoine Roussel - Jason Spezza - Remi Elie

Devin Shore - Jason Dickinson - Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell - John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis - Greg Pateryn

Marc Methot - Stephen Johns

Kari Lehtonen

Mike McKenna

Preview

The Anaheim Ducks will look to rebound from a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Nashville Predators as they wrap up a road back-to-back in the American Airlines Center against the Dallas Stars. The Stars are coming off a loss of their own to the Nashville Predators back on Tuesday night, a 2-0 final. The Stars are currently sitting in the 1st Wild Card spot in the West, just a single point above the Los Angeles Kings and two points above the Colorado Avalanche. They will definitely want the win tonight to within a single point behind 3rd place in the Central Division, currently held by the Minnesota Wild.

The Ducks have seen a nice surge of offense from their top line, and in particular, Rickard Rakell. Rakell has been absolutely on fire recently and it's hard to imagine that Dallas is going to be giving him any space at all while he is on the ice. The Ducks will most likely need their 2nd and 3rd lines to step up offensively in order to get pucks past Kari Lehtonen and get a crucial two points of their own. Ben Bishop is currently dealing with a knee injury, and with Lehtonen in net, the Ducks need to find a way to take advantage, especially early on in the game. The Predators play a fast pace of hockey and I imagine that fatigue will become a factor down the stretch for Anaheim in this game.

Get out to an early lead, continue to push the pace offensively, and walk away with 2 points and I will say the road trip was a success, given the opponents and circumstances. Given how physical the ending of the last game against the Dallas Stars was, I would not be surprised to see the Stars try to play more physically than normal to wear down the Ducks and try to force them into unnecessary penalties. Stay composed and the chances will come. Let's do this.