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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Sunday, April 3

8:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (48-22-9) ran their winning streak to four games with a 3-2 win at Los Angeles Saturday. The Stars overcame a 2-1 third-period deficit to push their lead over St. Louis to four points in the race for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference.

“It was huge to come back in the third period in their building to get the two points,” Stars forward Patrick Eaves said. “We needed to get up on St. Louis. These [points] were huge.”

The Stars are 7-1-0 in their past eight games and 10-2-2 in their past 14 games. The win was the 700th for Stars coach Lindy Ruff, who ranks fifth all-time in wins among NHL coaches.

Forward Mattias Janmark left Saturday’s game with an undisclosed injury in the third period. He is expected to miss Sunday’s game.

Sunday’s game wraps up a two-game road trip for the Stars and is their final road game of the regular season.

Injuries: LW/C Mattias Janmark (undisclosed), D Kris Russell (lower body), RW Brett Ritchie (lower body), C Tyler Seguin (Achilles) and D Jason Demers (shoulder) are out.

The Ducks (43-24-10) had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 loss to Vancouver at Honda Center Sunday night. The Ducks had a 2-1 lead in the third period, but Vancouver scored twice in a 2:21 span to prevent the Ducks from taking over first place in the Pacific Division.

“We take something away from every game, I hope. At this time of the year, you just don’t pick it up and throw it away,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau told the team’s official site. “It was a game we should’ve had. We should’ve had two points tonight. You need 20 guys playing. We didn’t have all 20 going.”

The Ducks, who are 5-2-1 in their past eight games, would move into the first place in the Pacific with a win Sunday.

Defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who missed Friday’s game due to illness, practiced Saturday and is expected to play Sunday. F Brandon Pirri suffered an upper-body injury in Friday’s game and did not practice Saturday. He is not expected to play Sunday.

The Ducks assigned D Shea Theodore to San Diego (AHL) Saturday.

Sundays’ game is the third of a four-game homestand for Anaheim.

Injuries: F Brandon Pirri (upper body), F David Perron (shoulder), D Simon Despres (upper body), D Kevin Bieksa (upper body), F Rickard Rakell (appendicitis), and G Frederik Andersen (concussion) are out.

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

*Both teams are 1-1-0 in the season series.

*Oct. 27, at Dallas: Stars 4, Ducks 3

*Jan. 15, at Anaheim: Ducks 4, Stars 2

*The Stars are 11-6-3 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Ducks are 8-8-2 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 17-8-4 since the All-Star break.

*The Ducks are 21-6-3 since the break.

*The Stars lead the NHL in goal scoring (3.25 per game).

*The Ducks are averaging 3.47 goals per game since the All-Star break, ranking second in the NHL behind Pittsburgh (3.50).

*The Stars are 40-42 (95.2 percent) on the penalty kill over the past 14 games.

*The Ducks are 34-38 (89.5 percent) on the penalty kill in the past 13 games.

*Jamie Benn leads the Stars in goals (41) and points (88).

*Corey Perry leads the Ducks in goals (32) and Ryan Getzlaf leads Anaheim in points (61).

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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