The Anaheim Ducks started March as one of the hottest teams in the NHL, winning eight of 11 games and taking points in 11 straight games. Since then the Ducks have cooled off a bit, missing out on several chances to catch the Chicago Blackhawks in the standings. The Ducks have lost five of their last six games and only have points in two of those contests, and while they have a comfortable grip on second place in the Western Conference, they trail the Blackhawks for the top spot by four points. A scheduling quirk has them facing the Dallas Stars three times in the first week of April, which would be a great chance for them to get back on track.
The Ducks have only scored three goals in their last three games, and do not have a power play goal in their last four games. Goaltenders Viktor Fasth and Jonas Hiller have struggled a bit lately after a great start to the season and their recent losses are especially disappointing considering how few shots on goal they have allowed. In Sunday’s overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, Hiller allowed two goals while only facing 18 shots. Ryan Getzlaf has only managed one goal and three points in the last five games, while Bobby Ryan is in a scoring slump with no goals and two points in the last five games.
The three-game series will feature two of the longest-tenured players in the league in the Stars’ Jaromir Jagr and the Ducks’ Teemu Selanne. Both are first-ballot Hall of Famers and have shown this season that they still have some gas left in the tank. Jagr leads the stars with 14 goals and 26 points while Selanne has eight goals and 20 points for the Ducks.
The Stars are still fighting for a playoff spot, and sit two points out at the moment. They will likely come out like a team on a mission and the Ducks need to be prepared for that. Monday’s game will take place in Dallas, while Wednesday and Friday’s contests will take place in Anaheim.