Ducks vs. Stars
Ducks Leading Regular Season Scorer: Ryan Getzlaf (right), 87 points (31 goals, 56 assists).
Stars Leading Regular Season Scorer: Tyler Seguin, 84 points (37 goals, 47 assists).
Ducks Expected Starting Goaltender: Frederik Andersen, 20-5-0, 2.29 GAA, .923 SV%.
Stars Expected Starting Goaltender: Kari Lehtonen (below), 33-20-10, 2.41 GAA, .919 SV%.
Ducks Regular Season Statistics
Stars Regular Season Statistics
Ducks Injuries: Right winger Tim Jackman (hand) is out. Defenseman Sheldon Souray (wrist) is on injured reserve.
Stars Injuries: Defenseman Brenden Dillon ("lower body") and left winger Ray Whitney ("lower body") are questionable. Center Rich Peverley (heart) is on out.
Ducks with Stanley Cup bling: Francois Beauchemin, D; Ryan Getzlaf, C; Corey Perry, RW; Teemu Selanne, RW.
Stars with Stanley Cup bling: Erik Cole, LW; Alex Goligoski, D; Segei Gonchar, D; Rich Peverly C; Tyler Seguin, C; Tim Thomas G; Ray Whitney, LW.
Something worthwhile about the Ducks: The Ducks led the NHL in goals per game this past regular season with 3.21.
Something worthwhile about the Stars: The Stars were shutout only once this past regular season, least in the NHL .
Something useless about the Ducks that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Current Penguins left winger Chris Kunitz holds the Ducks' postseason record for assists in a period. He recorded three in a 5-1 win against the Canucks in Game 1 of a 2007 Western Conference semifinal series.
Something useless about the Stars that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The longest playoff overtime win in Stars/North Stars history was a series-clinching 2-1 victory in four overtime periods against the Sharks in Game 6 of a 2008 Western Conference semifinal. Former Penguins left winger Brenden Morrow scored the overtime goal.
Former Penguins on the Ducks: Brad Lauer, assistant coach; Ben Lovejoy, D.
Former Penguins on the Stars: Alex Goligoski, D; Sergei Gonchar, D; Jiri Hrdina, amateur scout; Dustin Jeffrey, center; Mark Recchi, advisor to hockey operations.
Who needs to be the difference for the Ducks: Andrew Cogliano, Saku Koivu, Jakob Silfverberg. The Stars generate the bulk of their offense from their top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Valeri Nichuskin. Presumably, the Ducks will pit their third line against this trio. The Ducks' defensive forwards much limit the damage from the Stars' best players.
Who needs to be the difference for the Stars: Lehtonen. For the Stars to pull off this upset, Lehtonen has to steal some games. At the very least, he has to outperform the Ducks' uncertain goaltending situation.
Best Ducks YouTube Video We Could Find: Mighty Ducks right winger Petr Sykora scoring a goal in the fifth overtime of a 4-3 win against the Stars in Game 1 of a 2003 Western Conference quarterfinal series:
Best Stars YouTube Video We Could Find: Stars defenseman Paul Cavallini scoring the franchise's first postseason overtime goal since it moved to Dallas in a 5-4 against the Blues in Game 3 a 1994 Western Conference quarterfinal series:
EN Prediction: For the Stars, reaching the postseason has made this a successful season. They will give the Ducks trouble and definitely won't be outworked. But with limited sources of offense and the spotty history of Lehtonen, they don't have enough to win this series. Ducks 4-2.
(Photos: Jeff Gross/Getty Images and Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)