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Jason Robertson roars into Stars' meeting with Ducks

Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars

  1. The Stars look to run their winning streak over the Ducks to six games as the Western Conference rivals meet for the first time this season. Dallas extended its home win streak over Anaheim to eight games with a 4-2 victory April 29 when Jason Robertson scored a go-ahead power-play goal midway through the third period.
  2. Dating to the start of last season, 15 of Troy Terry's 22 goals on the road have either given Anaheim the lead or tied the game. Terry, who has four game-winners among those 15 markers, has two goals and an assist in four lifetime games versus the Stars.
  3. The Ducks have been a feast-or-famine team on the power play as their 10 goals with the man advantage have been scored in five games. They were 10-for-19 (52.6 percent) compared in those contests compared to 0-for-47 in their other 18 games.
  4. Jason Robertson brings a career-best 16-game point streak into this contest after netting a third-period goal in Monday night's win over St. Louis. It is the second-longest streak in franchise history behind the 20-game run by Brian Bellows from January 11-February 21, 1986, when the franchise was in Minnesota.
  5. While the Stars rank 14th on the penalty kill at home at 81.6 percent (31-for-38), they are 8-for-8 in such situations in the third period.
  6. The Ducks, who have lost all eight games during their skid in Dallas in regulation, have led at some point in five of those defeats. They were also tied or leading at some point in the third period of six of those games.

Jason Robertson will try to extend his points streak to 17 games when the Dallas Stars open a five-game homestand against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.

Robertson has 17 goals and 12 assists during the streak, which is second-longest in the Stars and Minnesota North Stars histories. Brian Bellows had a 20-game point streak for the North Stars during the 1985-86 season.

"I told him, I've seen the goal-scoring ability, so the shot should impress the (heck) out of me, but it doesn't," Stars coach Peter DeBoer said. "The blocked shot impresses the (heck) out of me."

Dallas avoided losing three in a row for the first time this season with a 4-1 win at the St. Louis Blues on Monday, improving to 5-1-3 in its past nine games.

Roberston scored a goal to extend his point streak, and Scott Wedgewood came through with 23 saves. Wedgewood was a late substitute for Jake Oettinger, who was unable to play because of an illness.

"I would term it a flu, I guess," DeBoer said after the game. "We've had it running through the team a little bit. We've had some guys have it. If it's the same thing other guys have been getting, hopefully it's a 24-hour thing."

Anaheim is in a far different situation than the Stars, who came into play Wednesday leading the Central Division.

The Ducks have the fewest points in the NHL (14) and, the biggest goal differential (-37) and are ranked near the bottom of the league in both the power play and penalty kill.

Anaheim was 3-0 in games that ended in overtime this season before losing 2-1 at the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. The Ducks dropped three in a row three times in November alone.

Anaheim general manager Pat Verbeek told reporters earlier Tuesday that he expected the Ducks to have a record near .500 at this point of the season. Instead, the Ducks are 6-15-2 with just one regulation win in their first 23 games.

"It's OK to be frustrated, it's totally fine," Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. "It's a natural human emotion."

Anaheim forward Troy Terry knows what it's like to have a 16-game points streak.

He produced one early last season before finishing with NHL career highs of 37 goals and 30 assists.

Terry scored the lone goal for Dallas in the loss to the Predators on Tuesday, his 10th of the season. He said he's trying to lead by example both on and off the ice.

"It starts with myself, not getting frustrated and trying to fight that," he said. "As a team, I know the work ethic and the battle in this group. When it doesn't go our way, I think you see it in games, when we get down a goal, there's no quit. So, just trying to keep taking positives and keep taking that road game mentality that we had (Tuesday) night and just bring that to Dallas."

Anaheim defenseman Urho Vaakanainen made his season debut after recovering from an upper-body injury that occurred on April 29.

Vaakanainen played 14:52 against Nashville, recording a hit and two blocked shots.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 30, 2022

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