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Thursday, October 20, 2011
Stars-Ducks Preview

By Mark Stepneski

Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks
Friday October 21
9:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (5-1-0) ran their winning streak to four games with a 3-2 victory at Columbus on Tuesday. That game kicked off a stretch of four straight on the road for the Stars. The next three are against divisional opponents Anaheim, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

“These are big division games and teams we’re going to see a lot,” Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski said. “These road trips are where you see what your team is made of. It’ll be a good test for us.”

Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 38 shots in Tuesday’s win over Columbus, will get the start in goal Friday against the Ducks.

Injuries: Sheldon Souray (wrist) is probable.

About the Ducks

The Ducks (4-1-0) won their fourth straight game, topping the Sharks 3-2 in San Jose on Monday. Teemu Selanne scored a pair of first period goals and backup goaltender Dan Ellis made 41 saves.

“You don't want to be the guy that loses a little bit of a streak,” Ellis told the Orange County Register. “In the same way, when you are on a little bit of a losing streak, you want to be the guy to snap it a little bit. You take pride in those opportunities.”

The Ducks are off to their best start since 2006-07, when they won the Stanley Cup.

Injuries: F Jason Blake (wrist) and D Matt Smaby (thumb) are out.

Series notes

*This is the first of six meetings between the two teams.

*The Stars were 2-2-2 against the Ducks last season.

*The Ducks were 4-2-0 against the Stars last season.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are allowing 2.17 goals per game.

*The Ducks are allowing 1.80 goals  per game.

*The Stars are 29-33 (87.9%) on the penalty kill.

*The Ducks are 22-25 (88.0%) on the penalty kill and have killed 21 of the last 22 opposition power plays.

*The Stars are 3-25 (12.0%) on the power play.

*The Ducks are 2-20 (10.0%) on the power play

*Anaheim has been outshot 104-68 in the last three games, but is 3-0-0 during that stretch.

*The Stars have been outshot 13-100 during their four-game winning streak.

*Stars forward Steve Ott is currently on a five game point streak (two goals, three assists).