By Kyle Shohara
The Ducks went through their morning skate at American Airlines Center in Dallas without their newest player, Tomas Fleischmann, whose flight last night was cancelled due to weather. The 30-year-old left wing, acquired yesterday for Dany Heatley and a third-round selection in the upcoming draft, is expected to land in Dallas sometime this afternoon. UPDATE: Fleischmann's flight landed at approximately 2 p.m. CT. His status for the game remains uncertain, though he will wear No. 41 for Anaheim.
John Gibson will make his ninth consecutive start for the Ducks. Since his recall from Norfolk of the American Hockey League on Feb. 10, Gibson has gone 4-1-0 in his last five games and 5-3-0 overall, including a 20-save performance Friday night in Anaheim’s 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Frederik Andersen will serve as the backup for the second consecutive game.
Nate Thompson could also draw back into the lineup, as earlier today the Ducks announced that the club had reassigned center Chris Wagner to Norfolk. Wagner went scoreless while winning 8-of-13 faceoff attempts (62%) in Friday’s game. Thompson has been out for two consecutive games with a lower-body injury suffered on Feb. 23 vs. Detroit, but skated with the team this morning at Dallas.
Anaheim’s youth line of Emerson Etem, Rickard Rakell and Jiri Sekac was arguably its best during Friday’s victory, and the trio could remain intact tonight. The 22-year-old Sekac (6/10/92) is six days older than Etem, and Rakell doesn’t turn 22 until May 5. All three combined for the game-tying tally that night, with Etem getting the goal and Sekac earning his first point as a Duck (in his second game). Rakell got the primary helper on the goal and won seven of 10 faceoffs.
MORE ON FLEISCHMANN
Fleischmann spent his first six NHL seasons with the Washington Capitals (2005-11), and spent four of those with head coach Bruce Boudreau (2007-11). Fleischmann also played for Boudreau in Hershey of the American Hockey League from 2005-07, winning the Calder Cup Championship in 2006.
Over the course of his 10-year NHL career, the Koprivnice, Czech Republic native has scored 304 points (122g/182a) with 164 penalty minutes in 567 career NHL games with Washington, Colorado (2010-11) and Florida (2011-15). Fleischmann has also appeared in 29 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Capitals and Panthers, collecting eight points (4g/4a) with 12 penalty minutes. He set career highs in goals (27), assists (34), points (61) and games played (82) with Florida in 2011-12.
Anaheim and Dallas play the second contest of a three-game season series tonight at American Airlines Center. The Ducks earned a 2-1 overtime win on Oct 31 in Dallas, courtesy of Thompson's third career overtime goal. The Ducks own an all-time record of 40-60-11 vs. the Stars, including a 15-34-7 mark in the Lone Star State. Since 2012-13, these two teams have been separated by one win (5-4-0 for Anaheim, 4-3-2 for Dallas) and only two goals (23 for the Ducks, 21 for the Stars; shootouts excluded). Ryan Getzlaf has 40 points (8g/32a) in 51 career games vs. the Stars, leading all active Anaheim skaters. The Ducks and Stars will meet again in Anaheim's home finale on April 8 at Honda Center (7:30 p.m. PDT).