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StarPoints For 3/6 vs Anaheim

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars (30-26-8) @ Anaheim Ducks (31-28-6)
9:00PM - Honda Center
Television - Fox Sports Southwest
Radio-News/Talk 820 WBAP

1.)  The Dallas Stars will face the Anaheim Ducks for the second time in less than a week tonight. The contest will mark the fifth between the two teams this season. The clubs have split the season series, each winning once in regulation and once in overtime or the shootout. The Stars are currently tied with Anaheim in the Western Conference standings and will be looking to keep collecting points in the final push for the playoffs. The two division rivals will play once more in the Stars’ final game of the regular season Apr. 10.
 
2.)  There have been many different line combinations this season for the Dallas Stars. Perhaps no line has had more instant success than the Brunnstrom-Sutherby-Neal line had on Tuesday night against the Sharks. The line scored three goals with each player collecting two points and posting a combined +7 rating in the game.

3.)  The Stars have had a lot of success against Anaheim since the Ducks joined the NHL in 1993-94. In 82 games against the club, Dallas has gone 50-23-9 including an impressive 30-9-3 at home. The Stars have outscored Anaheim 246 to 175 in the 15 seasons the clubs have faced each other.
 
4.)  Brendan Morrison will be facing his former team tonight for the first time this season. The center was placed on waivers by Anaheim and was claimed by Dallas on Mar. 4. Morrison spent only one season with the Ducks playing in 62 games posting 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points. Morrison played in his first game with the Stars last night against Los Angeles, playing 13:33 minutes and recording two penalty minutes.
 
5.)  Ones to watch for: New players for the Ducks. Anaheim was busy before the trade deadline, making trades with four different teams. The Ducks dealt Travis Moen, Kent Huskins, Samuel Pahlsson and Steve Montador all before the NHL’s trade deadline Mar. 4. The four players were all regulars on the Duck’s lineup accounting for 213 games played and 52 points this season. Many of the returns on the trades were young prospects that will spend some time in Anaheim’s farm system before they are ready. Forward Erik Christensen (Atlanta) and defenseman James Wisniewski (Chicago) should make the biggest impact on the Ducks’ roster in 2008-09. Combined the two have played in 368 career NHL games and recorded 145 NHL points.



Author: Dallas Stars Staff

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