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NHL Preview: Dallas Stars (1-0-1) at Anaheim Ducks (1-1-0)


Oct. 17, 2023 – STARS 2 vs. GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3 (SO)
For the second consecutive game, the Stars needed a shootout to determine their fate, but this time the result was a 3-2 defeat to the defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights. Dallas led 2-1 in the closing minutes on goals from forwards Craig Smith (1-0—1) and Joe Pavelski (1-0—1) but gave up the game-tying marker with 2:59 remaining in regulation. Forwards Tyler Seguin (0-1—1), Roope Hintz (0-1—1) and defenseman Thomas Harley (0-1—1) picked up assists, while goaltender Jake Oettinger stopped 32 of 34 shots, including four in overtime. Tuesday’s game marked Hintz’ season debut after missing the opener with an upper-body injury. Forward Wyatt Johnston led all Stars forwards with 19:44 TOI, the second highest of his career (21:23 TOI on March 18, 2023 at Calgary; 6-5 OTW).
PP: 0-2 | PK: 4-4 | SF: 26 | SA: 34 | DAL TOI: Heiskanen (24:44) | Attendance: 17,612
Three Stars: 1. VGK – A. Hill 2. VGK – K. Korczak 3. VGK – J. Marchessault

Date Opponent Time (CT) Location TV/Radio
Thu., Oct. 19, 2023 Anaheim Ducks 9 p.m. Honda Center BSSW/KTCK
Sat., Oct. 21, 2023 Philadelphia Flyers 7 p.m. American Airlines Center BSSW/KTCK
Tue., Oct. 24, 2023 Pittsburgh Penguins 6:30 p.m. PPG Paints Arena BSSW/KTCK
Thu., Oct. 26, 2023 Toronto Maple Leafs 7 p.m. American Airlines Center BSSW/KTCK
Mon., Oct. 30, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets 7 p.m. American Airlines Center BSSWX/KTCK

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Stars close out their first road trip of the season this evening against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center (9
p.m. CT, Bally Sports Southwest, The Ticket 96.7-FM/1310-AM). This is the first of three meetings between the two clubs and one of
two in the OC. They’ll meet again on Jan. 25, 2024 at American Airlines Center before closing out their season series March 8, 2024 at
Honda Center. After tonight’s game, the Stars will return home for a date against the Philadelphia Flyers (Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. CT).
Oct. 19 at Anaheim
Jan. 25, 2024 vs. Anaheim
March 8, 2024 at Anaheim


  • The Stars went 2-1-0 against the Ducks during the 2022-23 regular season, with victories Dec. 1, 2022 (5-0) and Feb. 6, 2023 (3-2 SO) at American Airlines Center. Their lone defeat came on Jan. 4, 2023 at Honda Center (2-0).
  • Dallas is 80-38-15 all-time vs. Anaheim, including a 31-26-9 mark on the road.
  • The Stars enter tonight’s matchup with wins in three of their past four trips to Anaheim (3-1-0), outscoring the Ducks 9-6 over that span.
  • Forward Jason Robertson (3-0—3) recorded his third career hat trick in the series opener last season and enters tonight’s contest with six points (4-2—6) in six career games against Anaheim.
  • Forward Joe Pavelski leads active Stars in career scoring against Anaheim with 37 points (14-23—37) in a team-high 74 games. He also paces the team in goals (14), power-play tallies (7) and shots on goal (219) and co-leads in assists (23).
  • Captain Jamie Benn co-leads active Stars in assists (23), ranks second in points (11-23—34) and third in goals (11) in 46 games vs. the Ducks. He also leads the squad in game-winning goals (4), including an overtime winner on March 31, 2022 at Honda Center in Anaheim.
  • Forward Matt Duchene ranks second among active Stars in goals (12) and third in points (12-15—27) in 35 career games vs. Anaheim. He also ranks second in power-play goals (6) and shares third in game winners (2).
  • Forward Tyler Seguin has 13 points (all assists) in 26 games vs. Anaheim but is still in search of his first goal against the Ducks in his career. Anaheim (26 GP) and Seattle (3 GP) are the only teams he has yet to score on.
  • Defenseman Miro Heiskanen matched his career high for assists in a game (3) on Dec. 1, 2022 vs. Anaheim. Heiskanen has seven points (2-5—7) in 11 career games against the Ducks and leads active Stars in TOI/G against them (24:53).
  • Defenseman Ryan Suter ranks second among active Stars in games played (63), third in assists (21) and fourth in points (5-21—26) vs. Anaheim. He also ranks second on the club in TOI/G against the Ducks (24:33).
  • Goaltender Jake Oettinger is 5-0-0 with a 1.57 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and one shutout in five career appearances against Anaheim.
  • Netminder Scott Wedgewood is 1-1-0 with a 3.52 GAA and .891 SV% in two career appearances vs. the Ducks.
  • Defenseman Jani Hakanpää earned two points (1-1—2), including his first career NHL goal, in 47 games with Anaheim (2019-21) after signing as a free agent with the club on July 3, 2019.
  • Forward Sam Steel was drafted by Anaheim in the first round (30th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft and recorded 65 points (24-41— 65) in 197 regular-season games with the Ducks.

OCT. 15, 2023 – ANAHEIM 6 vs. CAROLINA 3
The Ducks won the first game of their 30th Anniversary season and a club-record eighth straight home opener, 6-3, over the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Honda Center. Anaheim’s eight consecutive home opener wins are tied for the longest active run in the NHL with Boston and Toronto. The Ducks improved to 20-9-1 in all-time home openers, and 10-0-1 the last 11 overall. Pavel Mintyukov and Jackson LaCombe both recorded their first NHL point on Anaheim’s second goal tonight. This marked just the fifth time in NHL history two defensemen recorded their first career goal and assist on the same tally. Mintyukov (19 years, 324 days) became fifth-youngest Ducks defenseman to score their first career goal. Frank Vatrano notched his fourth career hat trick (3-0=3) and second as a Duck (also Jan. 26, 2023 @ COL), the first Ducks home opener hat trick in club history. Ryan Strome recorded two assists (0-2=2) marking his 400th and 401st career NHL points (145-255=401). Cam Fowler netted his first goal of the campaign (empty-net goal) and added his first assist of the season (0-2=2). Sam Carrick opened the scoring with his first goal. Mason McTavish (assist) and Jamie Drysdale (assist) each recorded their second points in as many games to open the campaign. Adam Henrique and Brett Leason and Troy Terry also earned their first assists of the season. Lukas Dostal won his first game of the season, stopping 32-of-35 shots. The win marked the first career NHL victory for head coach Greg Cronin.
PP: 0-2 PK: 4-6 SF: 25 SA: 35 TOI: Cam Fowler (23:30)
Three Stars: 1. F. Vatrano 2. L. Dostal 3. P. Mintyukov

Sat., Oct. 21 @ Arizona Mullett Arena 1 p.m. PT Bally Sports SoCal / Ducks Stream
Sun., Oct. 22 BOSTON Honda Center 5:30 p.m. PT Bally Sports SoCal / Ducks Stream
Tues., Oct. 24 @ Columbus Nationwide Arena 3:30 p.m. PT Bally Sports SoCal / Ducks Stream
Thurs. Oct. 26 @ Boston TD Garden 4 p.m. PT Bally Sports SoCal / Ducks Stream
Sat., Oct. 28 @ Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center 10 a.m. PT Bally Sports SoCal / Ducks Stream

Leo Carlsson Lower-body Day-to-day 2
Brock McGinn Lower-body Day-to-day 2
Alex Killorn Fractured finger Approximately 5-6 weeks 2
Isac Lundestrom Torn Achilles Approximately 6 months 2
2023-24 Man Games Lost: 8

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Anaheim Ducks conclude a two-game homestand tonight vs. the Dallas Stars at Honda Center (5:30 p.m. PT, TV: Bally Sports SoCal, AUDIO: Ducks Stream). With an all-time record of 1,045-918-213 in 2,275 games (.528%), the Ducks boast a 587-403-149 record at Honda Center (.580%). The Ducks continue their nine-game October schedule. Following tonight’s game, the Ducks will open their second of 12 back-to-back matchups and first matinee contest Saturday, Oct. 21 at Arizona (1 p.m. PT) before returning home Sunday, Oct. 22 vs. Boston at Honda Center (5:30 p.m. PT).

HOME OPENER : With a win in the club’s 30th home opener Oct. 15 vs. CAR, the Ducks improved to 20-9-1 all-time in home openers (.683%). Anaheim’s home opener points percentage is fifth all-time among NHL clubs, trailing only Vegas (6-1-0; .857, Minnesota (16-3- 4; .782), Colorado (30-9-4; .744) and Florida (18-7-4; .690). Anaheim’s eight consecutive home opener wins dating to 2016 are tied for the longest active run in the NHL with Boston and Toronto.

DUCKS-STARS: Anaheim and the Dallas Stars open a three-game season series tonight with the first of two home contests at Honda Center. In the 2022-23 series, the Ducks earned a 2-0 shutout win (Jan. 4) and a picked up a point in a 3-2 shootout loss (Feb. 6), with Dallas recorded a 5-0 win in the Lone Star State (Dec. 1). Adam Henrique paced Anaheim in goals (2) and co-led the team in points (2-0=2), along with Trevor Zegras (0-2=2) and Mason McTavish (1-1=2). Zegras also led the club in assists (2). The Ducks own a 48-72-13 all-time record vs. the Stars, including a 32-39-5 mark at home. Cam Fowler paces active Ducks skaters in career scoring (1-13=14) and assists vs. the Stars while Jakob Silfverberg paces the club in career goals (6 in 20 GP). The teams next meet again Jan. 25 at American Airlines Center (5 p.m. PT) and conclude the season series Mar. 8 in Orange County (7 p.m. PT).

Oct. 19 Honda Center 7 p.m. PT Bally Sports SoCal / Ducks Stream
Jan. 25 American Airlines Center 5 p.m. PT Bally Sports SoCal / Ducks Stream
Mar. 8 Honda Center 7 p.m. PT Bally Sports SoCal / Ducks Stream

All-Time Series 48-72-13 32-29-5 16-43-8
Current Streak One DAL win One ANA win 10 DAL wins
Last ANA Win Jan. 4, 2023 (2-0) Jan. 4, 2023 (2-0) Mar. 1, 2015 (3-1)
Last DAL Win Feb. 7, 2023 (3-2 SO) Mar. 31, 2022 (3-2 OT) Feb. 7, 2023 (3-2 SO)
ANA Last 10 2-6-2 7-2-1 0-9-1

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