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Preview: Ducks to Face Former Longtime Teammates Tonight in Dallas

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

After a tough night in Nashville, the Ducks (6-4-0) will look to bounce back tonight in Dallas as they face the Stars (3-7-1) at American Airlines Center. (5:30 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). This is the second game of a four-game road trip that continues on Saturday and Sunday against Colorado and Vegas, respectively.

Not only is this the first meeting of the season between the Ducks and Stars, it's also the first time they'll see former longtime teammate Corey Perry in opposing colors. Perry spent his entire 14-year NHL career in Anaheim and was a member of the 2007 Stanley Cup champion team. A two-time NHL First Team All-Star and four-time All Star, Perry posted 776 points (372g/404a) in 988 games with Anaheim from 2005-19. Among franchise leaders, Perry ranks second in goals and game-winning goals (64), and third in points, assists and power-play goals (103).

The 34-year-old right wing made his season debut Oct. 16 at Columbus and scored his first goal with Dallas as part of a three-point performance on Oct. 19 at Philadelphia. Perry missed all of training camp and preseason with a broken bone in his left foot.

"It's a little different," Perry said this morning. "It's exciting. It's sad. It's emotional. There are all kinds of emotions running through me, but at the end of the day it's hockey. It's a little bit different of a hockey game, but it's still hockey."

This will also mark the first time Andrew Cogliano faces his former club. Cogliano appeared in 584 career games with the Ducks from 2011-19, recording 233 points (102g/131a) before he was traded to Dallas in exchange for Devin Shore on Jan. 14, 2019. He appeared in a club-record 502 consecutive games from Oct. 7, 2011-Jan. 13, 2018, and skated in 64 playoff games.

"Last year would've been nice to play them," said Cogliano. "You'll experience a couple different feelings when you're out there for the first time, but other than that, you'll probably want to get a couple licks on some of the guys anyways. I think it'll be fun."

Despite the Stars' struggles this season, the Ducks will have their work cut out for them as they'll look to snap a six-game skid in Dallas. They enter tonight's game with a 47-67-11 all-time mark against the Stars, including a 16-40-7 record at American Airlines Center. Anaheim's most recent road win against the Stars came on March 1, 2015, a 3-1 triumph.

Ryan Getzlaf ranks sixth among active NHL skaters with 54 points (14g/40a) in 61 career games vs. Dallas. The Ducks captain enters tonight's game with a six-game point streak against the Stars dating to Dec. 13, 2016. In addition, Jakob Silfverberg has goals in three straight vs. Dallas.

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