Stars-Ducks Preview

Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars
Friday February 8
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (5-5-1) are coming off a 3-2 overtime win in Edmonton on Wednesday. It was the second straight win for the Stars, the first time this season they’ve put together back-to-back victories. Jamie Benn and Jaromir Jagr each had a goal and an assist in the game. Jagr scored the game-winner 1:46 into overtime.

“He’s quite the player. It’s a privilege playing with him,” Benn said of Jagr. “We had an alright game tonight. We need to get better. We turned too many pucks over. We were lucky to get that win.”

Wednesday’s tilt wrapped up a three-game road trip for the Stars, who play at home Friday against the Ducks and then hit the road again for another three-game trip.

Kari Lehtonen is the likely starter in goal on Friday.

Injuries:  LW Ray Whitney (foot) is out.

About the Ducks                                                     

The Ducks (7-1-1) opened a six-game road trip with a 3-0 victory at Colorado Wednesday. Viktor Fasth stopped 31 shots for his first NHL shutout. Fasth, signed out of Sweden last May, is 4-0-0 with a 0.98 goals against average and .962 save percentage this season.

“You can still find some gems, he’s one of them and we’re lucky to have him,” Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray said of Fasth. “He plays with such poise and confidence.”

Fasth, the Swedish Elite League Goaltender of the Year the last two seasons, has stopped 101 of 105 shots in his four starts.

Souray scored his fourth goal of the season for the Ducks, who took over first place in the Pacific Division with the victory.

Injuries: D Toni Lydman (flu) is day-to-day. D Cam Fowler (upper body) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of five meetings between the Stars and Ducks.

*The Stars won five of six games against the Ducks last season (5-1-0).

*The Stars are 37-10-4 all-time against the Ducks at home and have not lost to Anaheim in regulation at home since October 26, 2010.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 2-1-1 at home this season.

*The Ducks are 3-0-1 on the road.

*The Ducks have outscored their opponents 22-12 during five-on-five play this season. Their 1.83 five-on-five goals for/goals against ratio is the best in the NHL.

*The Ducks are 5-15 (33.3%) on the power play over their last three games.

*The Stars are 1-16 (6.3%) on the power play over their last five games.

*The Ducks are 15-17 (88.2%) on the penalty kill over their last six games.

*Stars center Jamie Benn has 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in his last two games.

*Former Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray has 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) and a plus-7 rating in 9 games for the Ducks.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Ducks
Record 5-5-1 7-1-1
Home 2-1-1 4-1-0
Away 3-4-0 3-0-1
Streak Won 2 Won 4
Goals/game 2.00 (28th) 3.44 (4th)
Goals against/game 2.46 (11th) 2.44 (10th)
Power play 13.9 (24th) 26.7 (5th)
Penalty kill 83.3 (9th) 72.7 (26th)
Shots/game 24.9 (29th) 26.7 (26th)
Shots against/game 33.4 (28th) 27.2 (7th)
Faceoffs 47.1 (26th) 49.2 (19th)
Team Leaders Stars Ducks
Goals Ryder: 4 Winnik: 5
Assists: Jagr, Eakin: 5 Koivu: 8
Points: Jagr: 8 Koivu: 11
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 5-2-1, 2.46, .926
Bachman: 0-1-0, 1.88, .944
Nilstorp, 0-2-0, 2.70, .918
Fasth: 4-0-0, 0.98, .962
Hiller: 3-1-1, 3.54, .871

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