10:06 pm
December 12

Stars @ Ducks

Who will WIN this matchup?

Dallas Stars (16-11-3)

@ Anaheim Ducks (16-11-5)


Starting Goalies:

Ben Bishop (DAL): Confirmed 

John Gibson (ANA): Confirmed


Current odds:

Dallas Stars: (-105)

Anaheim Ducks: (-115)


• The Dallas Stars are in the midst of a stretch of eight consecutive games against teams from the Pacific Division and they have earned points in five of the first six (4-1-1) as they prepare to resume a four-game road trip at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. The Stars are 9-1-1 this season against Pacific foes but have dropped five in a row at the Honda Center. Dallas had its four-game winning streak snapped in Sunday’s 4-2 loss at Vegas in a performance that “concerned” coach Jim Montgomery. “We were consistently playing with energy and emotion and a lot of competitiveness, which comes with those two qualities,” he said. “The last two games we haven’t had it.”

• Anaheim lost both meetings against the Stars — both in Dallas — this season, giving up five goals in each, but it is on a roll with eight victories in its last 10 games. The Ducks rank 30th in the league in scoring but won for the sixth time in seven contests by outlasting New Jersey 6-5 in a shootout on Sunday, marking the third time in four games they have netted at least four goals.

• The lineup could feature a new look after Montgomery split up captain Jamie Benn and center Tyler Seguin on the top line at Tuesday’s practice while also juggling his power-play units. Seguin and Alexander Radulov were joined by Devin Shore, Radek Faksa and Gavin Bayreuther on the top power play while Benn skated with forwards Martin Hanzal and Jason Spezza on the second unit. “I’d like to create inner competition within our team,” Montgomery said. “Having stars on both units creates that internally, which is healthy and also allows me to go with whoever’s freshest.”

• Anaheim received bad news on the injury front Tuesday, learning that backup goaltender Ryan Miller will be sidelined six weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament and foward Rickard Rakell is out indefinitely with a sprained ankle. Miller has appeared in 10 games, making seven starts, but Rakell could be the bigger issue — he is second on the team with 20 points but scored 67 goals over the past two seasons. The Ducks wasted no time in filling the void created by Miller’s injury, claiming veteran netminder Chad Johnson on waivers from St. Louis.

• Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, who scored twice at Dallas on Oct. 25, has 12 points in the last 11 games.

• Stars G Ben Bishop is 8-1-2 with a 1.38 goals-against average versus Anaheim.

• Ducks F Ondrej Kase has three goals and six assists over the last eight games.

StreakSmarter Pick
Anaheim Ducks