Stars-Ducks Preview

December, 18, 2011
12/18/11
10:13
PM CT
Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars
Monday December 19
7:00 p.m.
TV: Versus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (18-12-1) had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 6-3 loss at New Jersey Friday night. The game wrapped up a five-game road trip that saw the Stars pick up six of ten points (3-2-0).

“I think we had a pretty good road trip, but tonight was a little disappointing,” Stars forward Michael Ryder said. “It happens, but we’ve got to learn from it, move on and get ready for our next game.”

Richard Bachman, who stopped 25 of 31 shots in Friday’s game and suffered his first defeat in four NHL starts, will get the nod in goal for Monday’s game against the Ducks.

Injuries: RW Adam Burish (broken hand) is questionable. D Philip Larsen (quad contusion), Tomas Vincour (knee) and G Kari Lehtonen (groin) are out.

About the Ducks

The Ducks (9-18-5) lost 5-3 at Winnipeg Saturday night. It was the fourth loss in the last five games for the Ducks and stretched their road winless streak to 11 games (0-8-3).

“It seems to me that every time when we do mistakes, it's in our own net,” Ducks forward Teemu Selanne told the Orange County Register. “Tonight was the same story again. It has been a very frustrating year.”

Anaheim’s last win on the road was October 27 at Minnesota.

Injuries: C Saku Koivu (groin), LW Jason Blake (wrist) and D Matt Smaby (thumb) are out.

Series notes

*This is the second of six meetings between the Stars and Ducks this season.

*The Stars are 1-0-0 in the season series.

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

*October 21, at Anaheim: Stars 3, Ducks 1

Statistical tidbits

*The Ducks are 2-5-1 since Bruce Boudreau took over for Randy Carlyle as head coach.

*Anaheim has been outscored 38-17 during its eleven-game winless streak (0-8-3) on the road.

*The Stars are 15-15 (100.0%) on the penalty kill over their last five games, 22-23 (95.7%) over their last nine games and 34-36 (94.4%) over their last 12 games.

*The Ducks are 8-12 (66.7%) on the penalty kill over the last four games.

*The Stars are 4-28 (14.3%) on the power play over the last seven games.

* The Ducks are 2-17 (11.8%) on the power play over the last six games.

*Stars forward Loui Eriksson is currently on a seven-game point streak against the Anaheim Ducks (5 goals, 4 assists) and has registered at least one point in 12 of his last 13 games against Anaheim (10 goals, 9 assists).

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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