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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks
Tuesday, January 10
9:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (17-16-8) won 6-4 in Los Angles Monday night. The Stars squandered a two-goal lead in the third period, but Jiri Hudler scored his first goal as a Star to snap a 4-4 tie as the Stars pulled to within two points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"We got some good bounces," said Tyler Seguin, who had one goal and one assist. "It was a great character win. That's a big, heavy team over there and I thought we competed with them the whole night. It was one of those games and we found a way to win. It was nice."

Patrick Sharp had one goal and two assists, and Radek Faksa chipped in three assists for Dallas, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

Dallas captain Jamie Benn, who has missed the past three games with a foot injury, skated with the team Monday morning and could play Tuesday.

Tuesday's game will wrap up a three-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: LW Jamie Benn (foot) is questionable. C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) and RW Ales Hemsky (hip) are on injured reserve.

About the Ducks

The Ducks (21-13-8) had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 2-1 loss to Minnesota Sunday at Honda Center. Ryan Kesler gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the first period, but the Wild scored twice in the second to a 2-1 lead that would hold up the rest of the game.

"We gave this one away tonight. It's not a good feeling," Kesler told media following the game. "We were the better team in the first and third periods, but in the second period, for a couple of minutes, we gave it away."

The Ducks have picked up points in seven of their past eight games (4-1-3).

Center Ryan Getzlaf (lower body) skated before practice Monday. He could join the Ducks for the morning skate on Tuesday.

Tuesday's game wraps up a five-game homestand for Anaheim.

Injuries: C Ryan Getzlaf (lower body) is day to day. F Nate Thompson (Achilles) is out. D Clayton Stoner (abdomen) and D Simon Despres (head) are on injured reserve.

Season Series

*This is the third and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Ducks.

*The Stars are 2-0-0 in the season series.

*The Ducks are 0-2-0.

*Oct. 13, at Dallas: Stars 4, Ducks 2
*Dec. 13, at Dallas: Stars 6, Ducks 2

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 6-10-4 on the road.

*The Ducks are 13-5-2 at home

*The Stars are 8-2-2 vs. the Pacific Division this season.

*The Ducks are 1-5-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 1-2-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

*The Stars have scored three goals or more in six of their past seven games.

*The Ducks have scored two goals or fewer in six of their past nine games.

*The Ducks are 0-13 on the power play over the past five games.

The Stars have allowed eight power play goals over the past four games and are 3-11 on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*The Ducks lead the league in faceoff percentage (55.4 percent).

*The Stars rank 16th in the league in faceoff percent (49.7 percent).

*Stars forward Tyler Seguin has 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in his past seven games.

*Seguin is tied for sixth in the NHL in scoring with 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists).

*Forward Ryan Kesler leads Anaheim in scoring with 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists).

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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