Stars-Ducks Preview

Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks
Friday April 5
9:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (16-17-3) come into Friday’s third game of their regular season mini-series with the Ducks on a three-game losing streak. The Stars lost another point in the playoff race Thursday night, and are now five points out of eighth place. They remain in 13th place in the Western Conference standings. Despite the tough outlook, the Stars still have plenty to play for.

“We’ve got young guys that want to make an impression and we have a team that still has something to prove here,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We’re a different locker room, there’s a lot of pride there. You can see it in (Vernon) Fiddler, (Jamie) Benn, (Ray) Whitney, and all of those guys. There’s a lot of pride in there. We’re going to work hard, we need to toughen our battles and capitalize.”

Injuries:  None

About the Ducks

The Ducks (24-7-5) come into Friday’s game riding a four-game points streak (3-0-1) and a two-game winning streak, both wins coming at the expense of the Stars. Although Dallas traded away players like Brenden Morrow, Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy leading up to the trade deadline, the Ducks aren’t taking them lightly.

“I’ve been in the situation where your lineup is depleted with injuries or whatever, and the young kids work so hard that it makes it tough,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau told the team’s official site. “These guys have something to prove. I’m sure Dallas felt comfortable trading those other guys because they have these guys. And they sure made it tough on us (Wednesday) night.”

Center Ryan Getzlaf, who suffered a lower body injury in Wednesday’s game against the Stars, is probable for Friday. Center Matthew Lombardi, acquired from Phoenix prior to Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline, is expected to make his Ducks debut Friday.

Injuries: C Ryan Getzlaf (probable).  F Nick Bonino (lower body) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the fifth and final meeting between the Stars and Ducks.

*The Stars are 1-2-1 in the season series.

*The Ducks are 3-1-0 in the season series.

*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
*April 3, Dallas at Anaheim, Ducks 5, Stars 2

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have allowed 22 goals over the last five games (4.4 per game).

*The Stars have been outscored 9-2 in second periods over the last five games, and 5-0 in the second in the last two games by the Ducks.

*The Ducks are 2-3 on the power play in the last two games against the Stars.

*The Ducks lead the Western Conference with 14 home wins this season.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Ducks
Record 16-17-3 25-7-5
Home 8-9-2 14-4-0
Away 8-8-1 11-3-5
Last 5 1-4-0 3-1-1
Last 10 4-6-0 5-4-1
Streak Lost 3 Won 2
Goals/game 2.64 (17th) 3.00 (6th)
Goals against/game 3.08 (27th) 2.40 (7th)
5-on-5  F/A 0.90 (21st) 1.38 (2nd)
Power play 18.8 (14th) 23.5 (4th)
Penalty kill 81.0 (17th) 79.0 (22nd)
Shots/game 26.7 (27th) 27.6 (22nd)
Shots against/game 30.8 (22nd) 27.9 (9th)
Faceoffs 47.8 (25th) 47.7 (26th)
Team Leaders Stars Ducks
Goals Eriksson: 9 Getzlaf: 13
Assists: Goligoski: 19 Getzlaf: 30
Points: Benn: 25 Getzlaf: 43
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 12-11-2, 2.68, .916
Bachman: 3-3-0, 4.23, .838
Nilstorp, 1-3-1, 3.09, .897
Fasth: 13-3-1, 2.13, .924
Hiller: 12-4-4, 2.46, .908

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