Stars-Ducks Preview

Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks
Wednesday April 3
9:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (16-16-3) underwent a roster overhaul Tuesday as forwards Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy and Tomas Vincour were dealt in separate deals one day prior to the NHL trade deadline.

Although the Stars traded two top six forwards in Jagr and Roy,  GM Joe Nieuwendyk said the Stars, currently three points out of a playoff spot, are not throwing in the towel on the season.

“Well, I think it’s an opportunity. I really do. This is by no means closing the door on this season. With 13 games to go, there’s 26 points on the table still,” Nieuwendyk said. “These young kids will want to show what they have. Sometimes when you have that type of attitude, a team can come closer. I expect we’ll play hard, we’ll challenge and get a good look at our young kids.”

Among those added to the Dallas roster on Tuesday was forward Lane MacDermid, acquired from Boston as part of the Jagr deal.

Dallas also recalled forwards Alex Chiasson, Matt Fraser, Colton Sceviour and Tom Wandell from the Texas Stars of the AHL.

Assigned to Texas were forwards Reilly Smith and Francis Wathier.

Defenseman Kevin Connauton, acquired from Vancouver in the Roy trade, and defenseman Cameron Gaunce, acquired from Colorado for Vincour, also were sent to Texas.

Wednesday’s game begins a three-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries:  C Vernon Fiddler (charley horse) and F Ryan Garbutt (hand) are doubtful.

About the Ducks

The Ducks (24-7-5) open a five-game homestand with Wednesday’s game against the Stars. After Monday’s 4-0 win in Dallas, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said his team was on the verge of going from being in a slump to being on a bit of a run.

“Well, I think it (the win) was really important. We were 1-4-1 in the last six games and to get this win now (is great),” said Boudreau, whose team is now 2-0-1 in its last three games. “I always call it the difference between a rut and a groove. A rut is something you want to get out of and a groove is something that you’re in. They’re basically the same thing. So now we can sit there and say hey, if we win on Wednesday, we’ve got a four-game unbeaten streak. We’re hoping that we come home and we’re able to win.”

The Ducks, who at one point this season had won 13 straight at home, have now dropped their last three games at Honda Center.

Injuries: F Nick Bonino (lower body) is out.

Series Notes

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

*February 8, Anaheim at Dallas: Stars, 3 Ducks 1
*March 14, Anaheim at Dallas: Ducks 2, Stars 1 (SO)
*April 1, Anaheim at Dallas: Ducks 4, Stars 0

Statistical tidbits

*Jaromir Jagr (26) and Derek Roy (22) had accounted for 20.3 percent of the points registered by Dallas Stars players so far this season.

*The Stars have allowed three goals or more in eight of their last 11 games and in 15 of the last 22.

*Anaheim leads the league with 42 second period goals this season.

*The Stars have allowed 46 second period goals, most in the NHL.

*Ducks forward Corey Perry has scored three goals in the last five games.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Ducks
Record 16-16-3 24-7-5
Home 8-9-2 13-4-0
Away 8-7-1 11-3-5
Last 5 2-3-0 2-2-1
Last 10 4-5-1 4-4-2
Streak Lost 2 Won 1
Goals/game 2.66 (16th) 2.94 (6th)
Goals against/game 3.03 (26th) 2.42 (8th)
5-on-5  F/A 0.91 (21st) 1.37 (4th)
Power play 18.8 (14th) 22.7 (4th)
Penalty kill 81.6 (14th) 79.0 (24th)
Shots/game 26.8 (28th) 27.6 (21st)
Shots against/game 30.9 (22nd) 28.0 (9th)
Faceoffs 47.7 (25th) 47.6 (26th)
Team Leaders Stars Ducks
Goals Eriksson: 9 Getzlaf: 12
Assists: Goligoski: 18 Getzlaf: 28
Points: Benn: 25 Getzlaf: 40
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 12-10-2, 2.62, .918
Bachman: 3-3-0, 4.23, .838
Nilstorp, 1-3-1, 3.09, .897
Fasth: 121-3-1, 2.13, .924
Hiller: 12-4-4, 2.46, .908

One Response to “Stars-Ducks Preview”

  1. Hey Mike…..Jamie Benn leads the Stars in points now with 25. You show Louie leading with 23.

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