Monday, January 9, 2012
By Mark Stepneski
Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks
Tuesday January 10
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)
About the Stars
The Stars (23-16-1) won their second straight game and third in the last four, defeating Edmonton 4-1 at American Airlines Center Saturday afternoon. Jamie Benn and Mike Ribeiro each scored two goals for the Stars.
“It’s playing well defensively, when you do that, it helps offensively - you create turnovers and it’s been a focus,” said Ribeiro. “Pass the puck hard, finish your checks, but just outwork the other teams.”
Kari Lehtonen, who did not start Saturday due to the flu, practiced Monday and should be ready for Tuesday’s game.
Injuries: D Sheldon Souray (ankle) is probable. D Mark Fistric (flu) is questionable. C Mike Ribeiro (knee), D Philip Larsen (concussion-like symptoms) and RW Tomas Vincour (knee) are out.
About the Ducks
The Ducks (12-22-6) won their second straight game, defeating Columbus 7-4 in Anaheim on Sunday. The Ducks lost goalie Jonas Hiller to a lower body injury midway through the game and Iiro Tarkki, making his NHL debut, finished the game and earned the win.
"Of course I was a little bit nervous when I heard that I was going in. I didn't expect this to happen so fast. It's pretty amazing," Tarkki said. "I didn't have much time to think."
Hiller is questionable for Tuesday’s game and if he can’t go then Tarkki will get his first NHL start.
The NHL suspended Ducks forward Jean-Francois Jacques three games for an illegal check to the head of Columbus forward R.J. Umberger in Sunday’s game.
Injuries: G Jonas Hiller (lower body) is questionable. G Dan Ellis (groin), RW George Parros (groin), D Matt Smaby (thumb) and RW Devante Smith-Pelly (foot) are out. F Jean-Francois Jacques (suspension) is out.
*This is the third of six meetings between the two teams.
*The Stars are 2-0-0 in the season series.
*The Ducks are 0-2-0 in the season series.
*October 21, at Anaheim: Stars 3, Ducks 1
*December 19, at Dallas: Stars 5, Ducks 3
*The Stars have scored four goals in each of their last four games and have scored four goals or more in six of their last nine games.
*The Ducks have allowed four goals or more in six of their last ten games.
*The Stars have allowed two goals over the last two games.
*The Ducks have scored eleven goals over the last two games.
*The Stars are 2-24 (8.3%) on the power play over the last eight games.
*The Ducks are 2-24 (8.3%) on the power play over the last seven games.
*The Stars are 10-10 on the penalty kill over the last five games.
*The Ducks are 17-19 (89.5%) on the penalty kill over the last seven games.
*Stars center Jamie Benn has registered four straight multi-point games and has four goals and five assists during that stretch.
*Stars forward Loui Eriksson is on a four-game points streak (two goals, six assists).
*Ducks forward Bobby Ryan has five goals over the last six games.
*Ducks forward Corey Perry has four goals over the last two games.