The Dallas Stars (28-13-10) and their opportunistic power play offense welcome the Anaheim Ducks (16-29-5), one of the league’s worst penalty killing teams, at American Airlines Center on Monday. Anaheim is coming off a 2-1 overtime win over the Coyotes on January 28, their third win in a row.
The Ducks committed six penalties in the game, though they held Arizona without a power play goal. Max Jones and Trevor Zegras each scored once for the Ducks. John Klingberg had two assists to lead the team in scoring.
John Gibson had a great performance with 33 saves (.970%) in the win. Dallas lost for the third straight game, falling 3-2 (OT) to the Devils on January 27. Ty Dellandrea and Roope Hintz both scored once for the Stars. Jake Oettinger only had 26 saves on 29 shots against (.896%) in the loss.
HEAD TO HEAD
The teams have split their two meetings this season, the most recent of which was a 2-0 victory for the Ducks in January. Mason McTavish led Anaheim with two points (1G 1A). Gibson saved 35 shots to earn the shutout win.
Anaheim is averaging just 2.44 goals per game for the season, worst in the NHL. The visitors will face a tough test against a Stars team that is allowing only 2.57 goals a game (2nd).
Meanwhile, Dallas has found the net 3.37 times a game on average, eighth in the league, and the Ducks are allowing opponents to score a league-worst 4.06 goals per game.
Don’t be surprised to see a few power play opportunities for the Stars, as the Ducks are averaging 4.58 penalties per game, fourth-most in the NHL. The visitors’ 11.60 penalty minutes a game also ranks fourth-highest. The home team has been penalized 3.84 times a game (15th) for an average of 9.10 minutes (14th).
The Stars will be looking to build on their fourth-ranked power play percentage of 25.83% against the Ducks, who are the league’s third-weakest penalty killing team (72.41%).
Anaheim, meanwhile, has scored on only 15.07% of their power play opportunities (32nd), which the visiting team will be aiming to improve on against Dallas’ second-ranked 84.12% penalty killing rate.
Zegras (18G 24A) and Troy Terry (13G 29A) are the top skaters for the Ducks this season with 42 points apiece. In the net, Anthony Stolarz (4-6-0) is Anaheim’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 3.88 GAA and a .895% save percentage. Gibson (10-20-4) leads the Ducks in games played in goal.
He has a GAA of 3.96 and a save percentage of .898%.Jason Robertson leads the Stars in scoring with 66 points (6th in the league). He has 33 goals (5th in the league) and 33 assists. Oettinger (21-7-7) has the best goals against average for Dallas at 2.26, second-best in the league. He has a save percentage of .923%, third-best.
HOME AND AWAY
Anaheim is 7-16-4 away from home this season. Dallas is looking to avoid a fourth straight loss at home this season.
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