Preview: Ducks vs Stars

Photo: Sharon Ellman, AP

Photo: Sharon Ellman, AP

By: Mike Walters

The Anaheim Ducks (15-9-5) start a six-game road trip in Dallas against the Stars(11-13-6). These two teams met on opening day with the Stars winning 4-2. Andrew Cogliano had both of the Ducks goals in the losing effort.

Anaheim Outlook:

The Ducks are currently riding a three-game winning streak. Anaheim beat Carolina, San Jose, and Ottawa all at home this past week. The Ducks are tied for first in the Pacific Division in terms of points at 35 with the Edmonton Oilers, but Anaheim has two games in hand. Ryan Kesler continues to lead the team in goals scored with 12. Rickard Rakell has scored 11 times and Jakob Silfverberg has eight goals. Andrew Cogliano, Cam Fowler, and Nick Ritchie each have seven goals. Corey Perry has found the back of the twice in the last three games and has six goals.

Keys To The Game:

Anaheim will look to take advantage on the power play against Dallas. The Stars have one of the worst penalty kill units at 76.4%, ranking 28th in the league. The Ducks burned the Senators three out of four times in the last game and will try to do similar against the Stars. Dallas also gives up 3.20 goals per game, which is the NHL league worst. The Ducks are 15-0-0 when scoring three or more goals this season. Anaheim will also continue to turn to their young forwards from San Diego who have been playing on the third and fourth lines. For more on the youth movement visit: The Anaheim Gulls?

Anaheim’s Projected Lineup

Offense
Rickard RakellRyan GetzlafCorey Perry
Andrew CoglianoRyan KeslerJakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie – Antoine VermetteOndrej Kase
Joseph Cramarossa  – Stefan Noesen – Logan Shaw

Defense
Cam FowlerSami Vatanen
Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson
Shea Theodore – Kevin Bieksa

In Net
John Gibson (Unconfirmed)

Dallas Outlook

The Stars have dropped their last two games against Philadelphia and Chicago. They are currently in sixth place in the Central Division and find themselves on the outside looking in for a playoff spot. They have gone 3-6-1 in their last 10 games and are tied for giving up the most goals with 96. They haven’t been known for their defense, but their offense hasn’t produced like it normally has in recent seasons. Tyler Seguin and Patrick Eaves lead the team with 10 goals each. Jamie Benn has eight goals so far this season.

Keys To The Game:

The Stars need to score first and get the crowd behind them early in this contest. They have played better at home(7-4-2) as opposed to the road(4-9-4). They will need to work the forecheck and try to draw penalties against the Ducks. The Stars penalty killing is almost last in the league, so they will need to avoid taking any unnecessary penalties. Dallas does average almost 30 shots on net(29.3) so they will look to pepper the Ducks net to create scoring chances.

Dallas’ Projected Lineup (Dailyfaceoff.com)

Offense
Jamie BennTyler SeguinJason Spezza
Antoine RousselRadek FaksaBrett Ritchie
Jiri HudlerCody EakinPatrick Eaves
Curtis McKenzieDevin ShoreAdam Cracknell

Defense
Esa LindellJohn Klingberg
Dan HamhuisStephen Johns
Johnny OduyaJordie Benn

In Net
Kari Lehtonen (Unconfirmed)

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December 13, 2016

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