The Ducks demoted young wings Emerson Etem and Devante Smith-Pelly to minor league Norfolk, Va., on Wednesday.
Etem and Smith-Pelly each had one goal and two assists for Norfolk on Wednesday night.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said though each of the 21-year-olds will benefit from increased playing time, the move is also a reminder of the first-place team's demand for consistency.
Etem scored his sixth goal Tuesday, but also let Dallas' Cody Eakin skate past him to score a third-period goal that started the Stars' three-goal blitz in 53 seconds in the Ducks' 6-3 loss. Smith-Pelly has a goal and seven assists in 16 games.
"We need them to play on a consistent basis," Boudreau said. "This league is too tough. We don't know if it's going to be long-term or short-term, but the last time we sent Emerson down he came back a much better player and we're thinking that's going to happen again."