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Tuesday, 01.10.2012 / 12:05 PM
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Ducks Off the Ice by Adam Brady
Third Straight Win in the Stars?

After tonight, Selanne will have played 1,300 more NHL games than I have. Incredible.
The talk this morning was about goaltenders as the Ducks look for a third straight win in the conclusion to the six-game homestand vs. Dallas.

Jonas Hiller, who was injured in the first period in Sunday night's emphatic victory over Columbus, will not be available, according to Bruce Boudreau. The good news, however, is that he may ready for Thursday at Calgary (a breath of fresh air for those worried he might be out for a significant amount of time, like backup Dan Ellis).

Last night, the Ducks flew in Jeff Delauriers from Syracuse, who may get the nod tonight vs. the Stars, according to Boudreau. His call-up was announced this morning, along with the reassignment of JF Jacques, who received a three-game suspension for his elbow to the head of RJ Umberger on Sunday night.

Iiro Tarkki, of course, was called up over the weekend and got his first NHL win when he made an unexpected appearance after Hiller went down. He was summoned over Deslauriers originally because his numbers at Syracuse were better -- 2.85 goals-against average and .916 save percentage vs. 3.86 and .877 for Deslauriers.

However, Boudreau emphasized that he may go with Deslauriers because he has had past success against Dallas. Deslauriers has played 58 NHL games, all in two seasons with Edmonton, but none in the regular season since 2009-10. Two of those were starts against the Stars, in which he was 1-1-0 with a 2.89 GAA and .902 SV%.

Pete Peeters, the likeable goaltending coach for the Ducks, was working extra with both netminders at this morning's skate. He said yesterday of Tarkki being thrust in there on Sunday, “He got thrown in the frying pan and he did admirable. My hats off to him. Time change, traveling all day. I don’t know what his body was going through. I know as an older guy flying with the team through time zones, it’s tough on your body.”

Peeters also pointed out that Tarkki is not your everyday NHL rookie. "Iiro’s not like an 18-or 19-year-old,” he said. ”He’s played in the Finnish Elite League. He’s definitely made a name for himself in Europe. It’s just a matter of getting comfortable. Once you get comfortable and the confidence comes, you never know what can happen.”

Back to tonight, the Stars (ninth in the Western Conference) are on a mini roll, having won three of their last four, including a New Year's Eve win over the nearly-unbeatable Bruins at home. Seven of their last eight goals have been scored by either leading point-scorer Jamie Benn or Mike Ribeiro, who will be out tonight with an MCL strain. Meanwhile, the Stars have scored exactly four goals in each of their last four games (their only loss in that stretch a 5-4 defeat at home to Detroit).

Goalie Kari Lehtonen, who missed Dallas' last game with the flu (a win Saturday over Edmonton) is expected to go tonight. Dallas is also expected to get back big d-man Sheldon Souray, who has missed the last half dozen games with a sprained ankle.

For the Ducks, George Parros will be out with a tweaked groin, but like Hiller, could be available Thursday at Calgary, the start of a three-game Canadian jaunt in which the Ducks also visit Edmonton on Friday and Vancouver on Sunday.

And while the Ducks hope for a third straight win to end this homestand, the Stars are looking for a third straight over Anaheim this year. The Ducks fell 3-1 at home on October 21 and 5-3 in Dallas on December 19.

Tonight is also the 1,300th NHL game for Teemu Selanne, as he will become the 52nd player all-time, ninth European-born player, second Finnish-born player (Teppo Numminen), 36th forward, and ninth right wing to reach the milestone. He will also be the fourth active player to reach 1,300 games, following Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit (1,535), Roman Hamrlik of Washington (1,346) and Jaromir Jagr of Philadelphia (1,307).

Boudreau was asked about Selanne this morning, and said, "I told him today, 'Gordie Howe played until he was in his 50s, so I don't see what your problem is.'"

He added something we've all know about the Flash for years: "He's a better person than he is a player. And he's a really good player."


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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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