By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks(21-13-8) finish the homestand against the Dallas Stars(17-16-8). The Ducks are 0-2-0 against the Stars this season.
The Ducks lost to the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in Bruce Boudreau‘s first return to Honda Center. Anaheim scored first and had a 1-0 lead after the first period. A lapse in play for about 5-6 minutes cost the Ducks in the second period. The Wild scored twice to take the led and then played shutdown defense in the third period. The Ducks are now 4-2-0 without Ryan Getzlaf this season. According to the practice report yesterday, he is going to try to skate with the team today. For more visit: Practice Report: Life Without Getzlaf.
Anaheim is in first place in the Pacific Division with 50 points. Ryan Kesler and Rickard Rakell leads the team with 16 goals this season. Jakob Silfverberg has 11 goals. Andrew Cogliano, Cam Fowler, and Nick Ritchie each have nine goals.
Keys To The Game
The Ducks have dropped both games they have played against the Stars giving up 10 goals total. The Ducks gave up four goals and six goals respectively in each meeting. Dallas just beat Los Angeles last night and they scored six goals. The Ducks have played better on defense in their last three games, but tonight they will be tested by the Stars. Dallas does give up 3.05 goals per game so this contest could turn into a high-scoring affair like the previous two meetings. Anaheim needs to get the power play going tonight as they are 0-for-10 in last three games without Getzlaf.
Anaheim’s Projected Lineup
John Gibson 15-10-7, GAA 2.46, SV% .915 (Unconfirmed)
The Stars are coming off a 6-4 win over the Kings last night. Before last night Dallas had lost three in a row to Florida, Montreal, and St. Louis. Dallas can score plenty of goals, but they also can give up several goals in a game. The Stars are currently fifth in the Central Division and only sit two points out of a playoff spot. Tyler Seguin leads the team with 15 goals. Patrick Eaves has 14 and Jamie Benn has 10.
Keys To The Game
Dallas played last night so they need to jump out and score first on Anaheim. They have had success in the last two contests against the Ducks. The Stars do have the worst penalty kill at 74.3%, but the Ducks have been ice cold on the power play. Something will have to give tonight. Dallas has plenty of speed and can counter punch so they will look to create turnovers to generate scoring chances. If they can get out to an early lead, then they put themselves in a good position to earn two points tonight.
Dallas’ Projected Lineup (Dailyfaceoff.com)
Kari Lehtonen, 9-10-4, GAA 2.90, SV% .897 (Unconfirmed)
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January 10, 2016