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Stars-Ducks Preview

Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars

Saturday March 10

7:00 p.m.

TV: TXA 21

Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (37-26-5) ran their winning streak to four games and their points streak to nine (8-0-1) with a 4-3 win over San Jose Thursday night. Tomas Vincour scored the game-tying goal with 1:15 remaining and scored the lone goal of the shootout. Kari Lehtonen made 45 saves and stopped five of five shots in the shootout.

“A game is 60 minutes and we showed it tonight. We battled to the end,” said Vincour. “We’re having fun, it’s huge, we’re playing for each other and that’s the best feeling you can have when you’re playing hockey.”

The Stars activated Brenden Morrow, who has missed the last 18 games with neck/back issues, from injured reserve Friday. Morrow is questionable for Saturday.

Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars Saturday.

Injuries: LW Brenden Morrow (neck/back) and LW Steve Ott (back) are questionable. D Sheldon Souray (lower body) is out.

About the Ducks

The Ducks (29-29-10) lost 3-1 at St. Louis Thursday. It was the fourth loss in the last six games for the Ducks, whose hopes for the making the playoffs are fading away.

“Obviously the next two are going to be the biggest games of the season,” Ducks forward Teemu Selanne told the Orange County Register. “We all know that. We all know what the number is going to be to make the playoffs and how many we can lose and how many we got to win. But we keep fighting.”

Ducks forward Nick Bonino was injured in Thursday’s game. Anaheim recalled F recalled Ryan O'Marra from Syracuse of the AHL on Friday.

Injuries: F Nick Bonino (lower body) is questionable. G Dan Ellis (groin) is out.

Series notes

*This is the sixth and final meeting between the two teams.

*The Stars are 4-1-0 in the season series.

*The Ducks are 1-4-0 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

*January 24, at Dallas: Stars 1, Ducks 0

*February 1, at Anaheim: Stars 6, Ducks 2

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars’ nine game points streak is their longest since 2005-06, when they went 8-0-1 from Jan. 23 to Feb. 9.

*The Stars are 3-0-1 in their last four home games.

*The Ducks have lost three straight on the road.

*The Stars are 26-27 (96.3%) on the penalty kill during their nine game points streak.

*The Ducks are 1-15 (6.7%) on the power play over the last five games.

*Michael Ryder is on an eight- game points streak (6 goals, 4 assists).

*Ducks forward Corey Perry has four goals over the last four games.

Statistical Matchup

Statistical matchup between the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks.