current subscribers Register me
not a subscriber? See my options

current subscribers Register me
not a subscriber? See my options

already a subscriber? Register me
Subscribe now See my options
National Hockey League
Anaheim at Dallas
When: 9:30 PM ET, Monday, April 21, 2014
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

The Dallas Stars hope home ice will help them get back into their Western Conference first-round series as they host the Pacific Division champion Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 on Monday. Dallas came away empty in Anaheim, dropping a 4-3 decision in the opener before suffering a 3-2 loss on Friday. The Stars got off to a much better start in Game 2, scoring the first goal after falling into a 4-0 hole in the opening contest.

The Ducks literally are being led by their captain and a rookie goaltender. Ryan Getzlaf has registered a goal and an assist in each of the first two games while Frederik Andersen has posted 32- and 34-save performances in his first two career playoff contests. Getzlaf also leads the team with a plus-4 rating and is tops among Anaheim forwards with an average of 20:15 of ice time.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS, KDOC (Anaheim), TXA 21 (Dallas)

ABOUT THE DUCKS: Anaheim made some roster moves Sunday, recalling left wing Emerson Etem from Norfolk of the American Hockey League and activating defenseman Mark Fistric while assigning netminder John Gibson and blue-liner Sami Vatanen to the Admirals. Etem provided quite the offensive spark in last year's playoffs, registering three goals and two assists in seven games. Fistric has not played since March 15 due to a lower-body injury.

ABOUT THE STARS: Brenden Dillon skated prior to Dallas' practice on Sunday, but the defenseman still is not ready to return from a lower-body injury. "He may have a chance to skate with the team (on Monday)," coach Lindy Ruff told the team's website. "We're advancing, but he won't be ready to play (in Game 3)." The Stars are looking forward to their first playoff game since 2008 at home, where they went 10-2-1 in their last 13 during the regular season. "I'm excited," Tyler Seguin said. "Be interesting to see the atmosphere, especially with these fans not seeing playoff hockey in a while."


1. Dallas G Kari Lehtonen remains in search of his first career postseason victory, as he is 0-4 with a 4.58 goals-against average and .858 save percentage in four contests.

2. Anaheim LW Matt Beleskey (lower body) is likely to miss his second straight game after notching the winning goal and an assist in the opener.

3. Each team signed a prospect on Saturday as Dallas inked G Philippe Desrosiers to a three-year contract and the Ducks secured D Kenton Helgesen to a similar deal.

PREDICTION: Stars 3, Ducks 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Anaheim 56-20-2-6 W6 31-8-1-3 25-12-1-3 12-0-0-0 44-20-2-6 22-4-1-2
Dallas 40-33-6-5 L3 23-11-3-4 17-22-3-1 4-4-1-1 36-29-5-4 ---
Last Meeting
Anaheim Dallas
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/18/14 DAL 2 ANA 3 19 34 0-3 36 16 1-6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Anaheim R. Getzlaf 2
Dallas J. Benn 1
Goals Player  
Anaheim A. Cogliano 1
Dallas A. Chiasson 1
Assists Player  
Anaheim R. Getzlaf 1
Dallas J. Benn 1
Saves Player  
Anaheim F. Andersen 34
Dallas K. Lehtonen 16
Total Points Player  
Anaheim R. Getzlaf 92
Dallas T. Seguin 92
Goals Player  
Anaheim C. Perry 45
Dallas J. Benn 39
Assists Player  
Anaheim R. Getzlaf 59
Dallas T. Seguin 53
Saves Player  
Anaheim J. Hiller 1296
Dallas K. Lehtonen 1876
Quickchart Matchup
Anaheim Off vs  Dallas Def
3.21 GF
2.74 GA
31.2 Shots
30.3 Shots
46 PP
51 PK
Dallas Off vs  Anaheim Def
2.81 GF
2.48 GA
31.8 Shots
28.9 Shots
48 PP
50 PK