Ducks-Stars Preview


The Anaheim Ducks appear to have bounced back from their roughest stretch of the season.

Winners of two in a row, the visiting Ducks look to continue their recent success against a Dallas Stars team that will try to avoid a season-high third straight defeat Tuesday night.

Anaheim (17-6-3) followed an 8-0-1 stretch with an 0-3-2 slide that ended with Friday's 1-0 overtime victory over Tampa Bay. One night later, the Ducks snapped a four-game road skid with a 4-2 victory over Phoenix.

Despite various injuries and illnesses this season, the Ducks are among the top teams in the NHL after finishing with the third-most points in the league during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

"It's a great feeling," said forward Corey Perry, who has two goals and two assists in the last three road games. "This is where we want to be and this is what we've worked hard for. We took last year in stride and we kind of brought the same mentality into this year, and it's been working for us."

Dustin Penner scored twice as Anaheim broke open a 1-1 game Saturday with three straight second-period goals. The Ducks handed the Coyotes their first regulation home defeat.

"Guys in that dressing room have a lot of character and they want to play every night," Perry said.

Penner, who missed six games in October with an upper-body injury, has scored half of his six goals in the last five games while totaling five points during that span.

The Ducks also have clamped down defensively in the last two games after allowing 18 goals in the previous five contests. Anaheim killed all 10 penalties against the Lightning and Coyotes after their previous four opponents went 5 for 12 with the man advantage.

Anaheim has allowed three goals in each of the last two meetings with Dallas (11-9-2), but overcame to a 3-1 first-period deficit to beat the Stars for the fourth time in five games, 6-3 at home Oct. 20. Perry had two goals and an assist and Ryan Getzlaf added one with three assists.

Getzlaf has seven goals and four assists during a seven-game point streak. He has two goals and seven assists in his last three against Dallas.

Held to five goals in the last three games, the Stars look to get back on track after their six-game road winning streak ended with a 6-1 loss to St. Louis on Saturday. Defenseman Brenden Dillon had the goal for Dallas, which has been outscored 9-3 in the last two games despite recording 78 shots.

"We're just going to have to keep working on that," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We need to put emphasis on trying to find goals. Trying to finish."

The Stars rank near the bottom of the league on the power play at 11.5 percent. They are 1 for 29 at home after defenseman Stephane Robidas scored in a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Dallas' Tyler Seguin has not scored in three games since recording four goals in a 7-3 win at Calgary on Nov. 14. He's been held without a point in three career contests against Anaheim.

Dillon had a goal against the Ducks last month.