Stars-Ducks Preview

The Anaheim Ducks have had plenty of practice time over the last few days and are eager to test themselves against red-hot Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and the high-scoring Dallas Stars.

Benn, Seguin and the Stars have been eliminated but figure to still pose a threat in Anaheim on Wednesday night.

Anaheim (50-23-7) hasn't played since having a four-game win streak snapped with Friday's 4-2 defeat to Colorado. The Ducks have been practicing intensely since in preparation for their final two games and the playoffs.

"We worked on a lot the last few days, a lot of systems things we did, special teams, things you don't have an opportunity to do like we have during the season," center Nate Thompson said. "We gotta take the positives out of it, we got a nice break and some good practice time and it'll help us going into these games."

The Ducks can finish with the Western Conference's best record by winning their last two in regulation.

They have taken two low-scoring games this season against the Stars, whom they defeated in six games in the first round of the playoffs last year. Dallas (39-31-10) has two goals in the season series with no points from Benn or Seguin - who missed one of the matchups.

The Stars are tops in the West with 3.11 non-shootout goals per game. Benn has 16 points in his last 10 contests and leads the conference with 80, while Seguin has 76 to rank second. He's recorded nine in a five-game run.

"They got what, the second-highest scoring team in the league so if we're talking about defensive hockey, it's going to be a great challenge for us," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "You make the goals of being great against a very good offensive team that right now has their No. 1 line is just driving the bus. I mean Jamie Benn and Seguin are on fire."

The Stars can notch a fourth straight road win after Benn had two goals and an assist in Monday's 5-1 rout at San Jose. He wasn't too happy afterward since Dallas was officially eliminated.

''There's not much to celebrate anymore,'' Benn said. ''We didn't do our job this year and that's pretty much it.''

Dallas, winner of 10 of 14 overall and seven of eight on the road, has yielded 3.20 non-shootout goals per game for one of the league's worst marks.

''We thought we could outscore teams but we didn't play the way we should have," Benn said. "It's defense first and that's where we let down. We didn't play defense.''

Anaheim has also used the time off to get healthier.

Matt Beleskey and Clayton Stoner have missed the last three games and Tim Jackman the last month with lower-body injuries. All have returned to practice and could play Wednesday.

Corey Perry has recorded a goal and an assist in both Stars matchups for the Ducks, who have the worst power play in the West since the All-Star break at 12.8 percent.

The Stars are second in the league at 29.9 percent on the road since the break.

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