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Morning Report: Resilient Ducks Look for Third Straight Win in Dallas

Tuesday, 11.26.2013 / 10:42 AM PT / News
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Morning Report: Resilient Ducks Look for Third Straight Win in Dallas
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks are in Texas for an evening matchup with the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center (5 p.m. PT, NBC Sports Network, AM 830).

It’s the lone game on the NHL schedule tonight, and the Ducks will look to increase their winning streak to three games against a Stars team that’s winless in their last two. Prior to their recent skid, the Stars had won six of their previous seven.

The Ducks will have a different look on the blueline tonight, with Bryan Allen, Francois Beauchemin and Luca Sbisa out with injuries. Allen suffered a lower-body injury in Saturday’s game against Phoenix and was not on the ice yesterday, nor was Beauchemin, who was placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury that occurred last Wednesday against New Jersey. Sbisa will be out for an extended period of time after tearing a tendon in his hand during Friday’s game against Tampa Bay. In their place are Sami Vatanen (who scored in Anaheim’s 4-2 victory at Phoenix) and Nolan Yonkman, who had three assists with a +1 rating and 31 penalty minutes in 18 games with Norfolk of the American Hockey League at the time of his recall.

Jonas Hiller is expected to get the start in net tonight. Hiller has won two straight games, including a season-high 42-save performance in Anaheim’s 4-2 victory against the Coyotes.

Kari Lehtonen will get the start in net for Dallas.

Teemu Selanne has appeared in 99 career contests against Dallas, earning 86 points (41g/45a).

ON THE STARS
Head coach Bruce Boudreau knows his team is a facing a Dallas club that isn’t afraid to put the puck on net. “Every team is good in the NHL, so if you don’t come in and put your best foot forward, you’re not going to have success,” he said. “Dallas got beat pretty good by St. Louis and they lost their [two] previous games, even though they’ve averaged 40 shots on goal per game. It’s something we have to be aware of and we know they’ll be coming out like gangbusters at home.”

The first meeting between the two teams resulted in Dustin Penner leaving with a concussion and subsequently missing five games as a result of the injury. Penner was hit up high by Stars forward Ryan Garbutt, who received a five-game suspension for his actions. Boudreau was asked if that incident will be on their minds tonight.

“They always remember things,” he said. “That’s all on an individual basis. Sometimes you forget, sometimes you remember. Sometimes you get into a position to hit him back, fairly, just like Sbisa did with [Radko] Gudas the other day. We remembered the hit on Teemu. But, we want to win the game. We know how tough our schedule is coming up and we need to win games if we want to stay near the top.”

EXPECTED LINE COMBINATIONS
Dustin Penner-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry
Matt Beleskey-Mathieu Perreault-Teemu Selanne
Andrew Cogliano-Nick Bonino-Kyle Palmieri
Patrick Maroon-Daniel Winnik-Emerson Etem

Cam Fowler-Ben Lovejoy
Hampus Lindholm-Nolan Yonkman
Mark Fistric-Sami Vatanen

DUCKS-STARS
Pacific Division opponents for 15 consecutive seasons, the Ducks and Stars face each other for just the second time as non-divisional opponents since Mar. 13, 1998 at Dallas (6-3 Ducks loss). Now a member of the Western Conference’s Central Division, Dallas will face Anaheim a total of three times this season. Anaheim opened the season series with a 6-3 victory over Dallas on Oct. 20 at Honda Center. That victory celebrated the 1,500th game in team history and pushed an Anaheim winning streak to a franchise-tying seven games.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 49 5 35 9 40
C. Perry 53 21 17 -4 38
R. Rakell 50 13 15 -3 28
R. Kesler 53 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 53 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 47 8 10 2 18
J. Silfverberg 53 6 12 -2 18
A. Cogliano 53 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 52 6 8 -6 14
C. Fowler 40 3 9 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 6 .920 2.30
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13

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