NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Dallas Stars (16-16-3) at Anaheim Ducks (24-7-5), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Though it comes just two days after the first of three
straight meetings between the clubs, the Dallas Stars will have a different
look on Wednesday night when they visit the Anaheim Ducks.
These two Pacific Division rivals opened a span of three games against each
other over five days on Monday in Dallas. Anaheim left town with a 4-0 victory
and will also host the Stars on Friday.
The setback gave Dallas a 2-3-0 record on a five-game homestand and was its
eighth setback in 12 games. And though the club is just three points out of a
playoff spot, it traded away forward Jaromir Jagr and center Derek Roy in
separate deals on Tuesday. Dallas had previously dealt former captain Brandon
Morrow to the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 24.
Jagr, who was leading the Stars with 14 goals and 26 points at the time of the
trade, was sent to the Boston Bruins for forwards Lane MacDermid and Cody
Payne as well as a second-round draft pick in 2013 that becomes a first round
selection if the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference finals.
Roy, meanwhile, goes to the Vancouver Canucks for defensive prospect Kevin
Connauton and a 2013 second-round pick. In 30 games this season, Roy has four
goals and 18 assists for 22 points.
Both Jagr and Roy are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents at season's
"Decisions are always difficult and my responsibility is to assess where I
feel our team is at," said Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk. "We've been
in this position before over the last three years in my tenure, where you are
either a point in or a point out or you're knocking on the door. I felt this
year it was an opportunity for us to move some expiring contracts along to
receive some good, young assets and picks in a very deep draft.
"It's a unique season with only 12 games remaining after the trade deadline,
so I really felt this was really an opportunity to put our organization in a
good position moving forward."
With Jagr and Roy in the lineup on Monday, the Stars failed to get any of
their 26 shots past Anaheim goaltender Viktor Fasth, who posted his third
shutout of the season.
"He made big saves," said Anaheim head coach Bruce Boudreau about Fasth. "We
weren't perfect tonight, we had break downs, and I think all Viktor did was
frustrate that team. I've been on that end, whether it's a player or a coach.
That was the big thing. We didn't want them to get one because we thought that
would really energize them."
Kari Lehtonen stopped 26-of-29 shots for the Stars, who will play their next
three on the road.
"Obviously the result isn't what you want," said Stars head coach Glen
Gulutzan. "We didn't lose, we got beat. We got beat. We had enough there, if
we would've capitalized, to win."
Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey all scored in a span of less than
five minutes in the second period for the Ducks, while Teemu Selanne scored an
Anaheim is 2-0-1 following a four-game slide and is 10 points up on the Los
Angeles Kings for first place in the Pacific Division. It also trails the
Chicago Blackhawks by four points for the top spot in the Western Conference.
The Ducks begin a five-game homestand and have lost three of their last four
at home versus the Stars. Their win on Monday was the third in the past 10
versus Dallas overall.
This stretch marks the first time that the Stars will play the same opponent
in three straight during the regular season since they relocated from
The Ducks, meanwhile, are playing three in a row versus the same club in the
regular season for the second time in team history. Anaheim went 1-0-2 over a
three-game span versus the Phoenix Coyotes on March 2-6, losing a pair of
shootout games on the road before a home victory.
04/03 10:41:12 ET