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Dallas goes for sixth straight win; Anaheim without leading goal scorer Silfverberg

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

STARS (25-14-4) at DUCKS (17-21-5)



The Game

The Dallas Stars will try for their sixth straight win when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Thursday.

The Stars have trailed in each of their past five wins, allowing two goals or fewer in each game. They've never come from behind to win six consecutive games in Stars/Minnesota North Stars history.

Dallas, which defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Wednesday, is playing the second game of a four-game road trip.

Forward Jakob Silfverberg won't play for the Ducks after sustaining an upper-body injury in a 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. He leads the Ducks with 15 goals and is second with 28 points.

Anaheim is 1-3-1 in its past five games.

Players to watch

Stars defenseman Esa Lindell has seven assists in an NHL career-high four-game point streak.

Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past two games.


They said it

"We've been finding ways to win coming from behind. It's an important thing for successful teams to be able to do but, also, we'd like to get out with a lead and start playing with the first goal." -- Stars forward Blake Comeau

"We're still looking for a consistent 60 (minutes). That's been something that's been hard to come by, and we're continuing to learn how to do that." -- Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Denis Gurianov -- Roope Hintz -- Joe Pavelski

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Mattias Janmark -- Jason Dickinson -- Joel Kiviranta

Esa Lindell -- Roman Polak

Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen

Andrej Sekera -- Taylor Fedun

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Justin Dowling, Joel Hanley, Corey Perry (suspended)

Injured: John Klingberg (lower body), Stephen Johns (post-traumatic headaches)


Ducks projected lineup

Adam Henrique -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Daniel Sprong

Max Comtois -- Isac Lundestrom -- Rickard Rakell

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Devin Shore -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Larsson -- Michael Del Zotto

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: None

Injured: Nick Ritchie (knee), Troy Terry (knee), Derek Grant (shoulder), Korbinian Holzer (lower body), Jakob Silfverberg (upper body)


Status report

Klingberg, a defenseman, will miss his third straight game. … Johns was loaned to Texas of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment Thursday. The defenseman did not play last season and has not played this season because of post-traumatic headaches. … Perry, a forward, will serve the third game of a five-game suspension for elbowing Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium on Jan. 1.


Stat pack

Bishop is 9-2-2 with a 1.64 goals-against average and .939 save percentage against Anaheim. ... Seguin has scored against every NHL team except the Ducks (nine games). … Anaheim is 11-7-3 when scoring first this season, the third-lowest winning percentage in the NHL (52.4). … The Stars are 6-1-2 in their past nine one-goal games.

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