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Stars face challenge on home ice as Ducks visit

Tuesday, 11.26.2013 / 11:23 AM

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Stars face challenge on home ice as Ducks visit
Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars

DUCKS (17-6-3) at STARS (11-9-2)

TV: NBCSN, NHLN-CA, RDS2

Last 10: Anaheim 5-3-2; Dallas 6-3-1

Season series: This is the second of three meetings between the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars. The Ducks had 47 shots in a 6-3 win on Oct. 20 in which Corey Perry had two goals and an assist.

Big story: The Stars look to win on home ice for the first time since Oct 24. They have lost four straight at American Airlines Center. The Ducks enter the game 1-3-1 in their past five road games.

Team scope:

Ducks: Since losing five games in a row, Anaheim has won two straight, including a 4-2 win in Arizona on Saturday as they handed the Phoenix Coyotes their first regulation loss at home.

"We knew it was going to be a tough building to play in. We played a really solid road game. I was definitely excited to get the two points," said goalie Jonas Hiller, who made 42 saves.

The Ducks lost two more players to injury, as backup goalie Viktor Fasth (lower body) is expected to miss 3-4 weeks, and defenseman Luca Sbisa (torn tendon) will be sidelined at least six weeks. Anaheim recalled goalie Frederik Anderson and defenseman Nolan Yonkman from Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

"We have some injuries and guys are stepping up and playing a lot of big minutes. It's a nice feeling knowing that the young guys can step in right away," Perry said.

Stars: Dallas has lost two games in a row for the first time all month after suffering a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday followed by a 6-1 loss against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

"It's hard to win. I took a peek at the standings the other day and the top eight teams in the League are all in the West so, you gotta find a way to get as many points as you can. … It's not easy to get into those playoffs," forward Jamie Benn said.

Kari Lehtonen allowed five goals on 18 shots before he was pulled in the third period.

"I felt like I had a bad night and I just feel bad for the guys. They tried hard. A couple bounces here and there and [St. Louis] had a big lead. It just didn't go our way," Lehtonen said.

Who's hot: Ryan Getzlaf has a seven-game point scoring streak (seven goals, four assists) and Hiller has only allowed two goals on 75 shots in his past two games (2-0-0, one shutout) for the Ducks. … Benn has three goals and eight assists in his past eight games for Dallas.

Injury report: In addition to Fasth and Sbisa, defenseman Sheldon Souray (wrist) and wings Jakob Silfverberg (hand) and Saku Koivu (head) are on injured reserve for the Ducks. … The Stars will get forward Ray Whitney (groin) back, as he was activated off injured reserve Tuesday.

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 01 '14 DAL 2 at ANA 0 T. Daley
Nov 26 '13 ANA 3 at DAL 6 R. Garbutt
Oct 20 '13 DAL 3 at ANA 6 E. Etem
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
R. Getzlaf24131528+121335
C. Perry27131326+102215
D. Penner2071118+16630
N. Bonino277916-1821
M. Perreault2551015+71201
C. Fowler2721113+1820
A. Cogliano276511+31200
E. Etem246410+2411
K. Palmieri24448-31302
H. Lindholm25268+131000
D. Winnik27178-21000
D. Smith-Pelly16178+5200
J. Silfverberg11437+5600
T. Selanne21347+1611
S. Vatanen19246-2810
F. Beauchemin24066+151900
B. Allen26055+83200
P. Maroon18224+32400
S. Koivu12213-1200
B. Lovejoy25033+7600
M. Beleskey7112-2900
T. Jackman12101-14800
P. Holland4101-1200
L. Sbisa9011-52500
R. Rakell7011+0200
M. Fistric7011-3600
N. Yonkman1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Hiller169-4-2424362.69.904
F. Andersen76-1-0111931.66.943
V. Fasth52-2-1151312.95.885
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
J. Benn2371724+81501
T. Seguin23121123+6222
A. Chiasson237714-31712
C. Eakin236814-1820
R. Peverley224711+3702
B. Dillon23459+82900
E. Cole23279-10401
R. Whitney18189-2600
A. Roussel23448-16300
V. Nichushkin22268+3400
V. Fiddler23257-2800
A. Goligoski22246-11010
J. Benn23156+0010
S. Robidas23415+71210
R. Garbutt18325-12501
S. Horcoff23235-32010
T. Daley23145+11800
S. Gonchar23044-9800
L. MacDermid6022+2500
D. Jeffrey12011-3200
T. Morin3000+1000
K. Connauton1000+2200
C. Mueller1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
K. Lehtonen1710-5-2384992.28.924
D. Ellis72-3-0201913.52.895
J. Campbell10-1-06476.00.872