Originally written on Stars of Big D  |  Last updated 2/8/13
Anaheim Ducks (7-1-1, 15 pts) @ Dallas Stars (5-5-1, 11 pts) 7:30 PM CT American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas The Ducks Rankings: Goals – 4th, Goals Against – 10th, Power Play – 5th, Penalty Kill – 26th Anaheim was expected to enter this season on a downturn. They finished 13th in the West last season and had pretty much the exact same roster this year (with a few additions on defense). Three weeks into the season and Anaheim suddenly looks like one of the best teams in the league. The Ducks are getting it done with pretty much their entire roster. Nine players have at least five points (led by Saku Koivu’s 11) and seven players have at least three goals on the season (surprisingly led by Daniel Winnik’s five). Sheldon Souray leads the defensemen on the team with seven points and has lived up to his hefty contract so far for the Ducks. The only weak spot on this team has been Jonas Hiller, but even that problem seems to have been readily fixed. 30-year-old rookie Viktor Fasth has played out of mind so far this season. He’s started four games (all wins) and has only allowed four goals. He leads the entire league in both GAA and SV% and seems to have taken over the starting goalie spot. The Ducks are 26th on the penalty kill, but that’s a bit misleading now. Every single one of their goals allowed on the PK were with Hiller in net. When Fasth is in there, the Ducks have been a perfect 11-11. Anaheim has also been shorthanded only 33 times this season. That’s tied for second least in the entire league so don’t expect Dallas to get many chances tonight. Anaheim only has one real injury issue to deal with. Cam Fowler has an upper body problem and is on injured reserve. The Ducks recently traded for Ben Lovejoy from Pittsburgh to get an extra body on the blueline. I would expect Fasth to get the start tonight, but I’m hoping Dallas sees Hiller instead. Possible line combos: Ryan – Getzlaf – Perry Beleskey – Koivu – Selanne Palmieri – Cogliano – Winnik Etem – Bonino – Smith-Pelley D-Pairings: Beauchemin – Souray Sbisa – Allen Lovejoy – Lydman Dallas: Rankings: Goals – 29th, Goals Against – 11th, Power Play – 24th, Penalty Kill – 9th It goes without saying that tonight is going to be a huge for the Stars and their young defense. The Ducks forwards will give them even more trouble than the Oilers did on Wednesday and that just means Kari Lehtonen is going to be as busy as ever. The good thing is that Dallas is entering tonight have won three of their last four games (two on the road) and Jamie Benn has returned to his usual dominant form. Benn has five points in his last two games (three goals, two assists) and has been an absolute force for the Stars. He’s hounding opponents in the offensive zone and causing turnovers and setting up his teammates with golden scoring chances. The Stars need that Benn again tonight. The big thing for Dallas tonight will be to play smart disciplined hockey. Going a man down against the Ducks will only spell trouble and you know Souray wants to do some damage on the power play. I would expect Goligoski back in the lineup tonight after sitting a game to clear his mind. The likely guy to sit would be Philip Larsen, but I’m hoping that it’s Robidas. Lehtonen will get the start as usual. The only injury worth noting is Ray Whitney and his broken foot. Probable lines: Morrow – Benn – Jagr Eriksson – Roy – Ryder Vincour – Eakin – Nystrom Roussel – Fiddler – Smith/Garbutt D-Pairs: Dillon – Robidas Larsen – Daley Goligoski – Oleksiak  
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Packers TE returns to practice in wake of family tragedy

DeSean Jackson: Revis, Sherman can't stop me

Rob Gronkowski on Patriots LB Jamie Collins: ‘He’s a freak’

Ray Allen won't officially retire in case he gets right offer

Cam Newton on taking hits: I'm not a ballerina


Warner impressed by progress made by pupil Kaepernick

Yordano Ventura threatened Jose Bautista on Twitter

Giants GM confirms he has spoken with Jason Pierre-Paul

Sam Bradford on target to start season opener for Eagles

NFL official: Footballs known to have leaks 'right out of the box'

Bills suspend assistant coach for first six games of 2015

Oregon was only team drug tested during CFB Playoff?

Five 2nd year NBA players ready to take the next step

John Daly wants to be US Ryder Cup captain

Rodgers appears in another Olivia Munn workout video

Matt Hasselbeck is still getting random drug tests

Five teams that won at the MLB trade deadline

What should be expected from Aaron Rodgers in 2015?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is waiting for Tim Duncan to match him

Report: James Harden received $200 million offer to join Adidas

Adrian Peterson, son featured in Vikings' 'Family Day' tweet

July's best and worst players in Major League Baseball

Why TCU and Baylor will again dominate the Big 12

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Notre Dame doesn't need a conference

Rex takes jabs at Jets' management

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker