Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks
Saturday, February 1
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM
About the Stars
The Stars (24-21-9) are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils Thursday at American Airlines Center. The Stars rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime, lost when Patrik Elias score on the power play 40 seconds into the extra period. The Stars registered a season-low 16 shots in the game and went 0-3 on the power play, missing on an early 1:15 five-on-three power play.
“I thought we were awful. I thought we came out flat and could’ve dictated play with our power play in the first and we were awful from the start,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “We lost one-on-one battles, we got out-skated and you don’t win many games playing like that.”
The Stars, who went 3-1-1 on a five-game homestand, now hit the road for their next three games, playing at Anaheim, Phoenix and San Jose.
“It’s going to be a huge trip,” said Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen. “They are three really good teams and they are all ahead of us. We have to beat them if we want to get up there (in the standings).
Injuries: D Stephane Robidas (leg) is out.
About the Ducks
The Ducks (40-11-5) are coming off a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday at Honda Center. Five different players scored goals for Anaheim, which bounced back from a 4-2 home loss to Minnesota on Tuesday.
“We preach about it a lot, bouncing back after a loss,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “When I talk about losing streaks following winning streaks, you try to make it a point to not let it snowball. Not that it won't happen, but that's what we talk about.”
The Ducks improved to 22-2-2 at home this season, but they’ve lost two of the last four after opening the season with a 20-0-2 mark at Honda Center. Saturday’s game is the third of a five-game homestand for the Ducks, who lead the NHL in points (85) and points percentage (.759).
Injuries: F Nick Bonino (upper body) is day to day. G Viktor Fasth (lower) body and D Sheldon Souray (wrist) are out.
*This is the third and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Ducks.
*Both teams are 1-1-0 in the season series.
*October 20, Dallas at Anaheim: Ducks 6, Stars 3
*November 26, Anaheim at Dallas: Stars 6, Ducks 3
*The Stars are winless in their last five games on the road and 1-5-2 in their last eight away from home.
*The Ducks have the best home record in the league a 22-2-2, but have lost two of their last four at Honda Center.
*The Stars are 10-31 (32.3 percent) on the power play over the last nine games.
*The Ducks are 16-49 (32.7 percent) on the power play over the last 13 games, including one game where they scored six times on 11 chances.
*The Ducks have outscored their opposition 132-90 during five-on-five play. Their 1.47 five-on-five goals for/goals against ratio is tied with St. Louis for tops in the league.
*The Stars have scored 105 five-on-five goals and allowed 105. Their 1.00 five-on-five GF/GA ration is tied for 14th in the NHL.
*Anaheim is 16-7-1 when allowing the first goal of the game for a .667 winning percentage, the best in the NHL.
*The Stars are 10-2-2 vs. the Pacific Division.
*The Ducks are 8-5-0 vs. the Central Division.
*Stars captain Jamie Benn has points in five straight games (four goals, five assists).
*Stars center Tyler Seguin has points in four straight games (three goals, five assists).
*Ducks forward Corey Perry has points in four straight games (two goals, two assists).
*Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has points in three straight games (one goal, three assists).
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.