Stars to Drain Ducks' Pond for Road Victory in West Matchup

Dana Lane

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:32 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 5:32 PM UTC

The past six matchups in this series were won by the hosts, and Anaheim has a three-game winning streak entering tonight's home game. Dallas will try to end both trends.

Wednesday NHL: Stars vs. DucksFree NHL Pick: Stars +111Best Line Offered: Heritage

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The Nashville Predators received a 34-save effort from Juuse Saros on Tuesday night in Detroit, sparking a 3-2 victory. The win cashed another ticket for our readers for what has become a habit in this column, in addition to "The Ice Guys" show where I ran my streak to a cool 21-4 over the past eight shows. "The Ice Guys" returns Thursday at 9 a.m. ET, so tune in for more NHL picks.

Let's go to the West Coast for tonight’s ticket casher as the Dallas Stars (34-21-4, +22 GD) visit the Anaheim Ducks (30-20-11, -1 GD) in a Western Conference showdown.

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IT'S GAME DAY! The Stars look to bounce back tonight as they face Anaheim for the first time this season. #GoStars

— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 21, 2018

The Ducks are on a three-game winning streak after dismantling Vegas 2-0 on Monday night. A lot of people in Vegas are high on the Ducks to make some noise in the postseason, but the one glaring weakness I can’t get over is wondering where the 5-on-5 and power-plays goals are coming from. Seems like I hear the same stuff every year about Anaheim, and every year I ask the question about who is going to step up and score.

In Anaheim's past five games, the top line of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Rickard Rakell produced one goal. Ditto for the second line of Ryan Kesler, Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg. In fact, that trio has only six points (3G, 3A) in their last 10 games. The only Ducks player who has been somewhat reliable of late is Ondrej Kase (5G, 4A last 10 games). I need more than 2.70 goals per game (23rd) to put a team whose real record is a game below .500 in my top 10.

Now they face the Stars, who are No. 10 in my power rankings. Dallas has an above-average offense (2.97 GPG, 12th) led by a top line of Tyler Seguin, Mattius Janmark and Remi Elie that has produced 13 points in their last 10 games. The second line of Jamie Benn, Devin Shore and Alexander Radulov has been even better with 15 points in their past 10.

The Ducks, slight favorites in this spot on the NHL odds board, rank 28th in holding the lead when ahead after two periods. They will get a dose of reality tonight as the Stars hang onto that third spot in the Central Division.

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