The Stars claimed the second wild-card spot in the West, edging
Phoenix by two points to qualify for the postseason for the first
time since 2008. Top-seeded Anaheim captured its second straight
division crown and third overall by ending the season with a
flourish, winning nine of its final 12 games and each of its last
four. The Ducks and Stars are meeting in the playoffs for the third
time — Anaheim was victorious in 2003 while Dallas triumphed in
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ABOUT THE STARS (40-31-11, 5th in Central Division): Brenden Dillon
will be a game-time decision due to a lower-body injury that caused
him to miss the regular-season finale. The defenseman did not
practice Tuesday and will be replaced in the lineup by either Aaron
Rome or Kevin Connauton should he be unable to play. Veteran left
wing Ray Whitney is likely to return to action after missing the
final five games of the season with a lower-body injury.
ABOUT THE DUCKS (54-20-8, 1st in Pacific Division): The big question
surrounding Anaheim is goaltending — as in, who gets the start in
the opener? Veteran Jonas Hiller struggled down the stretch, going
0-2-1 in his final three starts while winning only five of his last
15 decisions (5-7-3). Rookie Frederik Andersen had a strong rookie
season, winning his last four decisions en route to a 20-5-0 record.
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Anaheim RW Teemu Selanne enters his final postseason as the
Ducks' all-time leader in playoff goals (33) and points (63).
Stars G Kari Lehtonen will be appearing in the playoffs for just
the second time in his career. The 30-year-old Finn went 0-2 with a
5.59 goals-against average in two games for the Atlanta Thrashers in
The Ducks set a number of franchise records this season,
including wins (54), points (116) and goals (263).
SERIES PREDICTION: Ducks in 5
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