Throughout an NHL season, teams will catch scheduling breaks. It’s the nature of the beast. In a playoff race as tight as this year’s, you need to take advantage of every bounce you get.

Tonight, the schedule-makers handed the Stars a big boost against the Ducks, who are playing on a back-to-back after losing 4-2 to Nashville last night. On paper, it seems like a good spot for the Stars, but is that really the case?

Let’s dive in.

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Anaheim Ducks (+133) @ Dallas Stars (-153) | O/U 5.5 

8:30 p.m. ET

Kari-ng the Load: With Ben Bishop still on the shelf, the Stars will roll with Kari Lehtonen in goal. After struggling to find his game over the past three seasons, the 34-year-old Lehtonen is having a really solid year behind Bishop. The former Atlanta Thrasher has a .935 save percentage at 5-on-5 in 24 appearances, which is the seventh-best mark among qualified goaltenders this season, right behind his probable counterpart for Friday night, Ryan Miller.  Michael Leboff

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