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Ducks, Stars try to get out of their ruts

Both teams are struggling in their battle for a playoff spot.

February 28, 2009|Billy Witz

When: Noon PST.

On the air: TV: Prime. Radio: 830.

Where: American Airlines Center.

AT DALLAS

Records: Ducks 30-28-5. Stars 29-24-7.

Records vs. Stars: 0-1-2

Update: Hours after acquiring Ryan Whitney to solidify the defense, the Ducks were clobbered by Boston, 6-0. On Friday they recalled left wing Drew Miller from Iowa, sending down Brian Salcido, presumably to fortify the offense. They'll see how that goes against another team stuck in a rut as the playoff race intensifies. The Stars have lost three in a row and cling to the eighth playoff spot. They're tied with the Ducks with 65 points but have three games in hand. Loui Eriksson, a third-year left wing from Sweden, has emerged as the Stars' leading goal scorer with 27 this season.

-- Billy Witz

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