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Stars-Ducks Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars

Friday, October 31
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (4-2-3) are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to St. Louis Tuesday night in Dallas. The Stars took a 3-2 lead early in the third period, but St. Louis bounced back to tie and then won the game in overtime on a power play goal.

“Enough is enough in here,” said Stars defenseman Trevor Daley. “I think we’ve had three of them at home where we’ve had leads in the third period. In order to be a good team, an elite team like the team we just played, you’ve got to find ways to get the job done.”

Friday’s game will be the first meeting with Anaheim since Game 6 of last season’s first round playoff series between the two teams. The Ducks rallied to tie from two goals down late in the third period and then won in overtime to eliminate the Stars.

“They’re a hot team right now, and it seems like they’re on a bit of a roll,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “We want to get some payback. It’s just another game, but in the back of our heads we want to win this one for sure.”

“I hope [it’s in the back of their minds],” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “We walked out of that building with a bitter taste in our mouth. It’s a long season, but we get to meet them again. That’s the fun part of the game. Things should heat up, the rivalry should be there. That’s what should make it fun to come to the game and watch it.”

Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin, who has missed the last seven games with a groin/hip issue, was activated off injured reserve Thursday and sent to Texas (AHL) on a conditioning assignment.

Kari Lehtonen is expected to start in goal for the Stars Friday.

Injuries: D Sergei Gonchar (ankle) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out.

About the Ducks

The Ducks (8-3-0) lost 2-0 at St. Louis Thursday night. It was the second loss in the last three games for the Ducks, who have scored just two goals in those three games.

“It was a tough night, offensively, for everybody,” Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin told the team’s official site. “We didn’t create much. We struggled offensively for the first two periods. That’s what cost us the game.”

On Friday, it will be a rematch with the team they ousted in the first round of the playoffs last season.

“We know how Dallas plays at home. They’re a tough team to play against,” Beauchemin said. “As long as we play a full 60 minutes, we’ll be fine.”

John Gibson started in goal for Anaheim Thursday, meaning that Frederik Andersen is the likely starter Friday against the Stars.

Defenseman Mark Fistric left Thursday’s game with an upper body injury in the first period and did not return. He is questionable for Friday.

The Ducks Thursday sent defenseman Bryan Allen to Norfolk (AHL) on a conditioning assignment.

Friday’s game is the third of a four-game road trip for the Ducks.

Injuries: D Mark Fistric (upper body), RW Kyle Palmieri (ankle) and LW Patrick Maroon (knee) are questionable. D Ben Lovejoy (hand) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of three meetings between the Stars and Ducks this season.

*The Stars were 2-1-0 (4 points) vs. Anaheim last season.

*The Ducks were 1-2-0 (2 points) vs. Dallas last season.

*The Stars are 66-30-14 all-time vs. Anaheim.

*The Stars and Ducks met in the first round of the 2014 playoffs with Anaheim winning in six games.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 1-0-3 at home.

*The Ducks are 4-2-0 on the road.

*Anaheim has scored two goals in the last three games and has scored one five-on-five goal over the last four games.

*The Stars have scored 28 goals over their last seven games (4.0 per game).

*The Stars have scored on the power play in six straight games and are 7-24 (29.2 percent) on the PP during that stretch.

*The Stars are 10-11 (90.9) on the penalty kill over the last four games.

*Stars forward Tyler Seguin has points in seven straight games (7 goals, 8 assists).

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has points in seven straight games (5 goals, 6 assists).

*Stars center Jason Spezza has points in six straight games (2 goals, 9 assists).

*Corey Perry leads the Ducks in goals with 9.

*Perry and Ryan Getzlaf co-lead the Ducks in points with 12.

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 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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