Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf a game-time decision for Game 5

Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates his first period goal against the Dallas Stars in Game...

Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates his first period goal against the Dallas Stars in Game 2 of the first round of the 2014 NHL Playoffs at Honda Center on April 18, 2014. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFP)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:22 PM ET

Captain Ryan Getzlaf could be back after missing last game due to an upper-body injury.

Fan favourite Teemu Selanne will be back after watching last game as a healthy scratch.

Perhaps the best news of all for the Anaheim Ducks is they're back home at Honda Center, where they've won twice in this now-deadlocked series with the Dallas Stars.

In fact, Western Conference squads are 15-1 on home ice during the latest instalment of the NHL playoffs, a trend the Ducks will want to continue in Friday's crucial Game 5 (10:30 p.m. ET).

“That's what we worked for all season was to try to get that home-ice advantage,” Getzlaf said after participating in Friday's morning skate. “We pushed right through the end to get where we are now, and we have to take it to our advantage tonight.”

The Ducks didn't have an especially memorable trip to Dallas, dropping both Games 3 and 4 to the Stars and losing Getzlaf for Wednesday's contest after he aggravated an upper-body injury.

He's officially a game-time decision Friday -- “We'll just have to see how his body reacts,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said -- but it was certainly a good sign the should-be Hart Trophy nominee was working on a line with his usual sidekick, Corey Perry, and Nick Bonino during the morning skate.

“He's our captain, our leader, so whenever he's in the lineup, we're a better team. I don't think that's a mystery,” Bonino said of Getzlaf. “We need some emotion in here. We need a big game tonight.”

Selanne, meanwhile, will skate alongside Mathieu Perreault and Patrick Maroon in Game 5, while it's a safe bet Luca Sbisa will see his first action of this series on Anaheim's blueline.

After getting the hook in the third period of Game 4, rookie Frederik Andersen will be back between the pipes for the Ducks.

“That might have been Andersen's first bad game in an awful long time,” Boudreau said. “I think he'll bounce back a do an awfully good job.”

The Stars, meanwhile, aren't expected to make many lineup changes after Wednesday's 4-2 victory at American Airlines Center, although defenceman Brenden Dillon was hoping to convince the medical staff to let him return from a lower-body injury.

Dillon, one of three Stars blueliners to average 21-plus minutes a night during the regular season, will participate in the pre-game warmups. Patrick Nemeth (upper-body) is also questionable, so Dillon could be plugged into his spot.

“I've wanted to go from Game 1, so anytime the medical staff can give me the OK, I'll be in,” Dillon said.

Kari Lehtonen gets the starting nod in goal for the Stars.


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