This upcoming stretch for the Dallas Stars could feel like the postseason for more than one reason.
The Stars and Anaheim Ducks meet three straight times over the next five nights to complete their season series, beginning with Monday's matchup in Dallas.
These Pacific Division rivals will get well acquainted with each other this week, with meetings also set for Wednesday and Friday in Anaheim. But while the Ducks (23-7-5) are cruising with an eight-point lead atop the division for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, the Stars (16-15-3) are in a three-way tie for the 10th-highest point total in the conference with 35 - two out of a playoff spot.
"It's like a mini-playoff series," Dallas center Jamie Benn said. "We know what they're all about. They've obviously a good team, they're having a good season."
The Stars have gone 5-0-2 in their last seven home meetings with the Ducks, with low-scoring affairs in both this season. Loui Eriksson had a goal and an assist in a 3-1 vi...