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Preview: Ducks Open 2016-17 Regular Season in Dallas

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Ducks open the 2016-17 regular season Thursday against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center (5:30 p.m. PDT, Prime Ticket/AM 830). Anaheim is 6-16-0 in all-time season openers, 18 of which have taken place on the road. Anaheim has opened the regular season against the Stars on two previous occasions in Dallas: Oct. 8, 2003 (W, 4-1) and Oct. 2, 1999 (L, 2-0). The current road trip features five games over an 11-day stretch, including stops in Pittsburgh (Saturday at 4 p.m. PDT), at the New York Islanders (Sunday at 3 p.m. PDT), in New Jersey (Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. PDT) and Philadelphia (Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. PDT).

Dallas, meanwhile, holds an all-time record of 12-3-7 in season openers played since moving to Texas. This marks the sixth consecutive time the Stars have opened the season at home, with a record of 15-3-4 in home openers along with a 10-1-3 record at American Airlines Center.

Tonight kick-starts the first of three games between these clubs this season. Anaheim owns an all-time record of 43-62-11 vs. the Stars (16-35-7 on the road) and is led in all-time scoring (among active skaters) by Ryan Getzlaf's 43 points (9g/34a) in 54 games. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Ducks have gone 4-2-0 against the Stars and won the past two in a row. The season series also features an additional game at American Airlines Center on Dec. 13 (5:30 p.m. PST) before shifting to Honda Center for the finale on Jan. 10 (7 p.m. PST).

The Ducks begin the season with an all-time record of 819-686-233 in 1,738 games played. Anaheim has won four consecutive Pacific Division titles, posted three straight seasons with 100-plus points and reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in nine of the past 11 seasons. Anaheim's October schedule features nine regular-season games, tied for the fewest in an opening month in club history (also 1998-99). The Ducks' three home games in October also match 1998-99 as the team's fewest played in the first month of a season. With the exceptions of the 1994-95 and 2012-13 lockout shortened seasons, Thursday's season opener in Dallas will be the latest such game on the calendar in franchise history.

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