Stars battle rival Ducks in Anaheim

The Dallas Stars shoot for their third straight win this evening when they visit the Anaheim Ducks at the American Airlines Center.

Dallas has seemingly turned it back around after a 10-13-1 stretch from Nov. 11- Jan. 3 that saw the team allow three or more goals 16 times. The Stars have outscored their last two opponents 8-2 and have killed all five penalties in those victories.

On Saturday versus Edmonton, Jamie Benn and Mike Ribeiro scored two goals apiece as Dallas took a 4-1 decision from the Oilers. Loui Eriksson added three assists for the Stars, who won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game win streak from December 10-15.

"I'm putting in the work and going about my business in the right way and so is the team," said Benn. "We want to put together a winning streak now."

Richard Bachman stopped 25-of-26 shots for the win. Bachman was a late addition to the lineup, as Kari Lehtonen was scratched just before the start of the game with the flu. It's uncertain who will be between the pipes tonight.

Either way, they will be facing a Ducks team that is coming in riding a two- game winning streak that has saw them score 11 times in the two wins. Anaheim exploded on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, as Corey Perry recorded his fourth career hat trick, leading the Ducks to a 7-4 victory.

Teemu Selanne added two tallies for Anaheim, which is in the midst of its first winning streak since October. The Ducks had won just twice in November and only three times in December.

"We got the start we wanted and never looked back," Perry said. "This was a good win and we really stood up for each other."

Anaheim's Jonas Hiller started in net and played the first period, and left the game after suffering a lower body injury. Iiro Tarkki, making his NHL debut, gave up three goals on nine shots in relief.

Tarkki, who could get his first start tonight, was only needed because backup Dan Ellis had suffered a groin injury in practice on Saturday.

Ducks forward Jean-Francois Jacques was given a major penalty for elbowing Columbus' R.J. Umberger in the head in Sunday's lopsided win. He has since been given a three-game suspension by the league and won't be eligible to return until Sunday's game against Vancouver.

A win tonight would give the Ducks their first three-game winning streak since a 4-0-0 run from Oct. 8-17 that gave the club their best start (4-1-0) since their Stanley Cup-winning season of 2006-07.

Dallas has beaten the Ducks twice already this season and has won the last three overall meetings. The Stars, though, have lost five of eight in Anaheim.