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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ETNaN:� BRT, October 13, 2018
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 18,532

Ducks, Stars prep for first meeting of season

Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars

  1. The Ducks are 3-0-1 (.875), tied for their best start to a season in team history with 2006-07, when they won the Stanley Cup. They have allowed only six goals, their fewest through four games in team history.
  2. Dallas allowed seven goals in a loss to Toronto after allowing only one in the previous two games combined. Since last season, the Stars have allowed only 1.52 goals per game in wins compared to 3.98 in losses, a 2.46 goal difference. Only the Blackhawks (2.59) have a larger difference.
  3. Since the start of last season, Dallas has scored 100 goals in the second period, sixth most in the NHL. The Ducks, on the other hand, have allowed only 71 goals in the second period, third fewest in the NHL.
  4. Ben Street got the first goal of his career in Wednesday's loss to the Coyotes. He has two points in four games this year after scattering three points in 35 games spread over five seasons prior to this one.
  5. Tyler Seguin followed up his four-point night against Winnipeg with another four-point night against Toronto. He is the first Dallas skater with back-to-back games with at least four points since the team moved to Dallas in 1993-94.
  6. The Ducks will play the Stars and then play the Blues the following day. Last season, Anaheim went 3-7-1 (.318) in the first game of a back-to-back, the third worst record in the NHL.

DALLAS -- The Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars know each other well from their days as Pacific Division bunkmates, but Saturday will mark their first meeting of the 2018-19 regular season.

And first-year Stars coach Jim Montgomery knows precisely what to expect in his fourth game behind an NHL bench.

"They're a real good transition team offensively and defensively. They're a little young right now due to some injuries, but those players are talented and they're fast," Montgomery said after practice on Friday.

Dallas (2-1-0, 4 points) started the season with back-to-back home victories over Arizona and Winnipeg, outscoring the Coyotes and Jets by a combined 8-1.

However, in Tuesday's loss to Toronto, the Maple Leafs lit the lamp seven times in a 7-4 victory, leading Montgomery to start shuffling lines, except for his top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov.

"I didn't want to mess with our top line," Montgomery said. "We thought about it, but they're just playing too well right now and we'll wait until they cool down before we probably make a move there."

But the rookie coach's philosophy when it comes to shuffling lines is a simple one.

"We're looking to see people skate more and people play more aggressively. Have calculated risk to your game and you'll get rewarded," Montgomery said.

After this game, Dallas will hit the road for its first trip of the season, playing at Ottawa on Monday and New Jersey on Tuesday, giving the Stars three games in four nights.

However, Montgomery admitted Friday he isn't too concerned about next week, at least not yet.

"I'm not worried about managing three in four. I'm worried about tomorrow (Saturday) night," he said.

The Ducks (3-0-1, 7 points) sit atop the Pacific standings, even after a 3-2 shootout loss to Arizona on Wednesday.

And even though Anaheim didn't get the full two points against the Coyotes, one big positive from that narrow defeat was the season debut of Ryan Kesler, who had been sidelined with a hip injury.

Kesler even scored the Ducks' first goal of the game.

"Well, I thought he was fine," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said of Kesler postgame. "It's a long time since he played, and he went through a rigorous rehab over the course of the summer months and into September and training camp. We know what kind of a warrior he is. He's a committed guy and he does everything he possibly can to complement our entire group."

Anaheim is starting a quick two-game trip that takes the Ducks to Dallas on Saturday and then to St. Louis on Sunday to finish the back-to-back.

Last season, the Ducks took two of the three meetings with the Stars, and Anaheim forward Adam Henrique knows exactly what to expect any time these former division rivals square off.

"They play fast; they're a highly-skilled offensive team," Henrique said after practice Friday. "I think they play exciting hockey, so I think we have to go in there with the mindset of try to contain those guys."

Updated October 12, 2018

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