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Keys for the Ducks in their playoff series against the Stars

Keys for the Ducks in their playoff series against the Stars
Corey Perry's 43 goals this season make him the NHL's second leading scorer, and a constant threat around the net. (Jeff Gross / Getty Images)

Keys to the best-of-seven series between the Ducks and Dallas Stars:

1. RIDE THE TALENT: Corey Perry has shown with several dramatic goals in his 43-goal season that he's capable of producing in pressure, and first-line mate Ryan Getzlaf has scored at an unprecedented rate.

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2. USE THE SPY: Veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas was traded to Anaheim in March after more than 10 seasons with Dallas. He not only has a wealth of knowledge about the Stars' idiosyncrasies, but he also provides game-changing toughness the Ducks lacked in last year's first-round loss to Detroit.

3. GOALIE STABILITY: Removing the primary starter, Jonas Hiller, for rookies Frederik Andersen or John Gibson appears sound for now, but if either of the kids struggles the Ducks will have a veteran whose confidence they've tweaked.

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