Stars-Ducks Preview

January, 23, 2012
1/23/12
9:42
PM CT

Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars
Tuesday January 24
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (24-21-2) are coming off a 5-2 loss at Minnesota on Saturday. They head into their final game before the All-Star break on a five-game winless streak (0-4-1), and are looking to head into the break on a positive note.

“It’s huge. We are in a spot where we really want one. It’s been a while,” said defenseman Alex Goligoski. “Morale is still OK in here and a win going into the break would feel really good. “

Center Mike Ribeiro, who has missed the last seven games with a knee injury, was activated off IR on Monday. Stars captain Brenden Morrow (neck) was placed on IR. LW Matt Fraser, called up from Texas of the AHL on Sunday, is expected to make his NHL debut Tuesday.

Injuries: C Mike Ribeiro (knee) is probable. C Jamie Benn (appendectomy) and LW Brenden Morrow (neck) are out.

About the Ducks

The Ducks (18-22-7) ran their winning streak to five games and their points streak to nine (8-0-1) with a 3-2 victory over Colorado at Honda Center Sunday night. The Ducks, who were 20 points out of a playoff spot on January 5, are now within 11 points of eighth place in the Western Conference.

“Anyone who's been here has known that we've started slow in a lot of years and this is the worst,” Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf said. “But we've just got to keep playing. Every day is a new day for us and a new day that we can play and try and get back in this thing.”

Injuries: G Dan Ellis (groin), D Matt Smaby (thumb) and RW Devante Smith-Pelly (foot) are out.

Series notes

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

*The Stars are 2-1-0 in the season series.

*The Ducks are 1-2-0 in the season series.

*October 21, at Anaheim: Stars 3, Ducks 1
*December 19, at Dallas: Stars 5, Ducks 3
*January 10, at Anaheim: Ducks 5, Stars 2

Statistical tidbits

*The Ducks are averaging 4.00 goals per game during their nine-game points streak.

*The Stars are averaging 1.20 goals per game during their five-game winless streak.

*The Ducks are 7-22 (31.8%) on the power play over their last eight games.

*The Stars are 4-46 (8.7%) on the power play over the last 15 games.

*The Ducks are 27-30 (90.0%) on the penalty over the last ten games.

*The Stars are 13-14 (92.9%) on the penalty kill over the last four games.

*Ducks forward Bobby Ryan has four goals in the last five games.


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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