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Tuesday, November 26th (All times Eastern)

Anaheim Ducks (17-6-3) at Dallas Stars (11-9-2), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Anaheim Ducks hope to put a recent rough stretch behind them, as they shoot for a third straight win in Tuesday's road game against the Dallas Stars.

The Ducks were mired in their longest losing streak of the season, a five-game skid from Nov. 12-20, before posting recent wins over Tampa Bay and Phoenix. Anaheim ended the slide with Friday's 1-0 overtime win over the visiting Lightning and on the following night the Ducks dealt the Coyotes their first regulation loss in Phoenix this season.

Dustin Penner scored a pair of goals on Saturday to lead the Ducks to a 4-2 win over the Coyotes. Jonas Hiller also played a big part in the victory, turning aside 41 shot to improve his record to 9-3-2 on the season.

"Guys were blocking shots and we were putting in a lot of hard work," said Hiller. "That's what we needed tonight to get a bit of a winning streak going and now we have to keep it going."

Corey Perry and Sami Vatanen added one goal apiece for the Ducks, who had won five in a row prior to their recent five-game slide and are 7-3-2 in November.

Anaheim's victory on Saturday also halted a four-game road losing streak. The Ducks are 8-6-2 as the visiting team this season compared to a 9-0-1 mark on home ice.

The Ducks slammed Dallas by a 6-3 score when the clubs met on Oct. 20 in Anaheim. It was the fourth win for the Ducks in their last five meetings with the Stars. Anaheim also has won two straight in Dallas after dropping its previous four tilts in Big D.

The Stars are coming off their most lopsided loss of the season, as they were routed 6-1 this past Saturday in St. Louis. Brian Elliott stopped 34 shots for the Blues and six different St. Louis players hit the back of the net in the blowout.

The loss was the second in a row for Dallas, but only the club's third setback in nine outings.

Brenden Dillon produced the lone goal for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen started but didn't finish the contest, as he was pulled after surrendering five goals on 18 shots in 45:33 of game time. Dan Ellis finished up with six saves.

"There's so many things that make one game," said Lehtonen. "When you play 14 in a row you're going to have a bad one now and then. I just have to put this behind me."

Lehtonen expects to get back on the horse tonight. He is 9-7-3 with a 2.41 goals against average in 19 career games versus Anaheim. Hiller is 5-9-1 with a 2.78 GAA in 17 lifetime outings against the Stars.

The Stars could get a boost from the return of Ray Whitney tonight. The veteran winger has missed five straight games with a groin and is questionable for Tuesday's game.

The 41-year-old Whitney has one goal and seven assists in 17 games this season. He has recorded 17 goals and 48 points over 50 career games against the Ducks.

Dallas has only played eight of its 22 games this season on home ice, but is beginning a three-game stay at American Airlines Center tonight. The Stars, who are 3-3-2 as the host, also will welcome Chicago and Edmonton before closing this homestand.

11/26 10:38:49 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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