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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Friday, January 15

9:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (29-11-4) haven’t played since Saturday when they lost 2-1 to Minnesota at American Airlines Center. It was the fourth loss in the past five games for the Stars (1-3-1).

Saturday’s game wrapped up a stretch of nine games in 15 days for the Stars, who took the next two days off and then have practiced for the past three days.

“We knew we were going to go through the ups and downs. We knew this was coming. You’re not going to cruise through an 82-game schedule pretty easy,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. It’s good to face this adversity. It’s definitely nice to get a few days, get these practices going again.”

Defenseman Jordie Benn and forward Ales Hemsky, who both have been out due to injury, are expected to be ready to play Friday.

Friday’s game against Anaheim kicks off a three-game road trip that will see the Stars play at San Jose and Los Angeles as well.

Injuries: None.

The Ducks (18-17-7) won 4-1 over Ottawa at Honda Center Wednesday. Shea Theodore’s power-play goal with 4:55 remaining snapped a 1-1 tie, and the Ducks added two more goals for their sixth win in the past nine games (6-2-1).

“We need that,” said Ducks forward Carl Hagelin, whose goal extended Anaheim’s lead to 3-1. “We showed a lot of character. After Shea scored that goal, we really took over the game. I know there wasn't that much (time) left, but they didn't have any chances after that. You could just see the excitement on the bench.”

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, whose turnover led to Ottawa’s goal, was benched part of the second and third periods but returned to set up Theodore’s game-winning goal.

Goaltender Frederik Andersen made 24 saves in his first start since Jan. 1.

Friday’s game is the sixth of Anaheim’s eight-game homestand. They are 3-2-0 in the first five games.

Injuries: D Simon Despres (concussion symptoms) and Cam Fowler (knee) are on injured reserve.

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

*The Stars won the first game, overcoming a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Ducks, 4-3, in Dallas on Oct. 27.

*The Stars are 5-3-0 in their past eight games at Honda Center.

*The Stars are 3-4-2 since the NHL’s holiday break.

*The Ducks are 6-2-1 since the break.

*The Stars are 6-1-2 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Ducks are 4-6-2 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars have lost five straight on the road (0-3-2) and are 1-4-3 in their past eight away from home.

*The Ducks are 6-3-0 in their past nine home games.

*The Stars lead the league in goal scoring at 3.34 per game.

*The Ducks rank last in the league in goal scoring at 1.90 per game.

*The Ducks rank fifth in goals against at 2.33 per game and have allowed 14 goals over their past nine games (1.56 per game).

*The Ducks are 28-28 on the penalty kill over the past eight games and have the league’s top penalty kill at 89.8 percent.

*The Stars rank third in the league on the power play at 22.5 percent but are 2-18 (11.1 percent) over the past seven games.

*Stars forward Patrick Sharp is on a 12-game points streak (6 goals, 9 assists).

*Stars captain Jamie Benn leads the team in goals (25) and points (53).

*Ducks forward Corey Perry leads the team in goals (16) and points (27).

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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