A top seed vs. a No. 8 seed usually is a formality — there was a notable exception involving the
DUCKS OFFENSE VS. STARS DEFENSE: Anaheim, paced by first-line stars
DUCKS DEFENSE VS. STARS OFFENSE: The recent return from a knee injury by
GOALIES: What Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau will do in net is a mystery as he weighs the sudden impact of rookie John Gibson, the 20 wins of rookie Andersen and playoff experience of
SPECIAL TEAMS: The Ducks have suffered through long scoring lapses on the power play, ranked 22nd in the NHL, but better than 24th-ranked Dallas. The Stars are 22nd in penalty killing, while the Ducks' late-season success (28 of 31 before Sunday) places them 14th.