Ducks vs. Stars preview: Pacific Division rivals meet on Friday night

Bruce Bennett

The Dallas Stars (5-5-1) will host the Anaheim Ducks (7-1-1) at American Airlines Center on Friday night.

It will be the first of five meetings between the two Pacific Division rivals this season.

Both clubs will be entering the night in the midst of a winning streak.

Dallas is fresh off a 3-2 overtime victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night, where Jaromir Jagr scored his 668th career NHL goal tying Luc Robitaille for tenth on the all-time list. Prior to that contest, the team defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Monday night.

The Stars have won three of their last four and sit four points back of first place in the Pacific.

Anaheim is operating on all cylinders and has compiled a four-game winning streak entering Friday night. Currently tied with the San Jose Sharks for the division lead, the Ducks have lost only one game in regulation this season and are averaging 3.44 goals for per game (fourth best in league), while only allowing an average of 2.44 goals against (ranked tenth best).

The Ducks will have Jonas Hiller starting in goal (3-1-1; .871 save percentage and 3.54 goals against average) and he is expected to face Kari Lehtonen (5-2-1; .926 save percentage and 2.46 goals against average).

Friday's game is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m., ET and will be televised on NHLN-CA, NHLN-US, FS-West and FS-Southwest.

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