Dallas Stars vs. Anaheim Ducks - 4/21/14
Anaheim Ducks (54-20-8) at Dallas Stars (40-31-11)
NHL Hockey: Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -116 / Anaheim Ducks +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Ducks look to grab a stranglehold on their series with the Stars as the series shifts to Dallas for games three and four.
The Ducks survived both contests on home ice to start the series against a pesky Stars team who was very competitive in both losses but as we all know you don’t get rewarded for effort in the postseason. Anaheim has been solid all season long and with the way their series started in the first contest it looked as though this was going to be a short and sweet series as the Ducks absolutely blasted the Stars early and often. Ultimately, the Ducks head to the road up two games to none and have a very good shot at pushing the Stars to the brink of elimination with a win on Monday night and they will turn to rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen once again between the pipes. The story of the playoffs so far for the Ducks as it usually is has been the play of Ryan Getzlaf who exemplified playoff hockey by taking a puck to the face late in the first game and bounced back in the second contest with a brilliant effort that led his team to victory. The Ducks’ captain will look to continue his momentum as they take to the road for the next two.
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The Stars snuck into the playoffs and were the last team in the league to secure their berth for the chance to complete for the Stanley Cup but with the way they have played through the first two games it is hard to believe it took them so long. Dallas is a very good team that is led up front by their dynamic duo of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin and while they have been relatively quiet so far they are destined to break out in a big way on home ice. The Stars will go back with Kari Lehtonen who has been good so far in these playoffs but with a team like the Ducks who can burn you in so many different ways he is going to have to be even sharper as the games become more and more meaningful. The Dallas crowd should be fired up for this one as they haven’t seen playoff hockey in some time and while it may not be as loud as it is in Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, or Boston, anytime your team makes the playoffs is an exciting time for a fan base. While this series could very well be over in five games I have to lean towards the Stars here as I don’t think they’ll get swept and if they’re going to win one of two at home I expect it to be this one.