DALLAS STARS (18-11-4) at
EDMONTON OILERS (16-16-2)
7:38 p.m. MST
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Game Notes | Edmonton/Dallas Stats Comparison | Player Head-to-Head Statistics
After winning their third straight game on Saturday night, the Edmonton Oilers look to get one game above the .500 mark for the first time since the third game of the season this evening.
The last time the Oilers lost a game, they were playing tonight’s opponent. Last Monday in Dallas, Brenden Morrow scored with one minute left in overtime to lift the Stars to a 5-4 win over Edmonton.
Since that time, Edmonton has won three consecutive games – all in a shootout. Tuesday they beat St. Louis 5-4, Thursday they won 4-3 in Detroit and on Saturday the Oilers disposed of Vancouver 2-1.
With the streak, the team got back to the .500 mark and got back in the playoff picture. Heading into Monday night’s action, the Oilers were one point back of Anaheim for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a game in hand.
Dallas has also won three straight games, with their most recent being a 4-2 victory on Saturday night in San Jose against the Sharks.
This is the second of four meetings this season between these two teams.
Just The Facts...
LINEUP UPDATE (11:52 AM):
Dwayne Roloson gets the start in goal tonight for the Oilers. The rest of the lineup remains the same as Saturday.
OILERS TO WATCH: Sheldon Souray
has picked up one point in each game since returning to the lineup last Tuesday in St. Louis. He has a goal and two assists in three games – all Oilers wins… Ales Hemsky
is also quietly rolling along. He has picked up at least a point in six straight games with a goal and seven assists for eight points in that span… Fernando Pisani had a point in three straight games and a goal in two straight heading into Saturday’s game in Vancouver. While he didn’t end up on the scoresheet that night, he did score the shootout winner.
STARS TO WATCH:
Last time these two teams met, Sergei Zubov had a huge night with one goal and three assists for four points. He is ranked first in the entire NHL in points by a defenceman with 32 through 33 games… In his career against the Oilers, Zubov has 34 points (7g, 27a) in 43 games… Mike Ribeiro is the team’s leading scorer with 16 goals and 33 points in 30 games… Stars captain Brenden Morrow has 32 points on the season which is one more than his total from last year. He missed a sizeable portion of the season due to injury and had 31 points in
Edmonton – Raffi Torres (knee) is out. Ethan Moreau (ankle) is out. Matt Greene (ankle) is out; Dallas – Philippe Boucher (shoulder) is out. Jere Lehtinen (abdomen) is out.
Each of Edmonton's last three games have gone to a shootout which ties the NHL record for most consecutive shootout games. It's happened six times previously, with the most recent coming from March 4-8, 2007 (Pittsburgh). The Oilers have also won seven straight shootouts and 10 on the season. The Dallas Stars hold the record for most consecutive shootout wins and most shootout wins in a season. In 2005-06, the Stars won their first 11 shootout attempts of the season and 12 in total... Dallas is ranked in the top-five in the NHL in both power play and penalty kill percentages. They are the only team in the league to be in the top-five in both. Dallas' power play ranks second at 23.0% and their penalty kill is fifth at 87.1%. The only team to finish in the top-five in both power play and penalty kill last season were the Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks, who were tied for second in PP% and fifth in PK%... Edmonton is the fourth-least penalized team in the NHL at 11.8 minutes per game. The Oilers’ penalty kill on home ice ranks third in the league at 87.3%.
- Comments from Reasoner, Sanderson, Roloson, Horcoff, Penner & MacTavish. 700K
Horcoff enjoying a career year so far -
Oilers' centre Shawn Horcoff
already has 16 goals this season after only 34 games, equalling his total from all of last year. He has consistently come up with big plays and has established himself as a leader on this Edmonton team. ...more
Ethan Moreau and Raffi Torres Injury Updates -
Oilers forward Ethan Moreau and Raffi Torres spoke with the media on Monday, updating their respective injury status. Follow the link for audio and video. ...more
The Other Side
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- Stars look to brighten childrens' spirits - In the midst of the holiday season, the Dallas Stars took some time out of their busy schedule this week to brighten the spirits of sick children and to pass out some special gifts at hospitals in both Dallas and Fort Worth. Photo Gallery | ...more
- Zubov earns NHL honours - Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov was named the “Second Star of the Week” by the NHL for the week ending December 16. Zubov helped lead the Stars to a 3-0-0 record last week, collecting three straight multi-point games and a +5 rating. ...more
- BLOG.DALLASSTARS.COM - Former Stars and Oilers goaltender Daryl Reaugh - otherwise known as "Razor" - is back with his take on the Stars, and anything hockey. Read the latest.
Item of the Game
Each game, a different item is featured at The Oilers Store at Rexall Place.
Tonight's item is a Maximize 2 Fleece Crew (regular $44.99, now $24.99).
From the Fans
Odds and Ends
- New player wallpapers now available! - Brand new Edmonton Oilers wallpapers are now available for download. The three players featured are Mathieu Garon, Denis Grebeshkov and Tom Gilbert. ...more
- Sam Gagner on Oilers Live this Thursday - Get your questions in to Oilers rookie Sam Gagner, who will be the guest on Oilers Live this Thursday at 1:00 p.m. MST. ...more
From the Wire
The Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers have both won three straight games. One team, though, has had to put in a little extra to do so.
Dallas looks to make it six wins in a row at Edmonton on Tuesday night as it continues a four-game road trip.
After losing four of six, the Stars (18-11-4) have rebounded with three consecutive victories to move into a tie with San Jose atop the Pacific Division. Dallas has won five of seven and 11 of its past 15 games.
Edmonton (16-16-2), meanwhile, has matched a season high with its three straight wins - all via the shootout. The Oilers are 8-3-1 in their last 12 games and back at .500 for the first time since the fourth game of the season.
Edmonton has 10 victories in its 11 shootouts, two shy of the NHL record set by Dallas in 2005-06. Five teams tied for the league lead with 10 shootout wins last season.
"You have to give credit to the guys who are shooting," right wing Fernando Pisani said. "Sam Gagner, Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff have all been so good and the goaltending has been great. With those working hand in hand it is a good recipe for success."
The Stars temporarily moved into sole possession of first place in the Pacific with a 4-2 victory at San Jose on Saturday. The red-hot line of Mike Ribeiro, Brenden Morrow and Antti Miettinen had three goals and two assists, and Marty Turco was sharp again with 16 saves.
"It was an intense and hard-fought hockey game," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "They are a big strong team and we're certainly not as big as they are, but we didn't back down physically. This is a game a team can build off for the rest of the season."
Ribeiro, Morrow and Miettinen have accounted for nine goals and 11 assists in the last three games. They had two goals and three assists in the Stars' 5-4 overtime victory over the Oilers on Dec. 10.
Turco is 7-2-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average in his last nine starts. He's 12-4-0 with three shutouts and a 2.24 GAA in 16 games against Edmonton.
Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov has one goal and eight assists during a four-game point streak. The NHL leader among defensemen with 32 points, Zubov is on pace for his most productive season since he had a career-high 89 points for the New York Rangers in 1993-94.
Edmonton's shootout success continued Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Vancouver. Pisani scored the winner and Mathieu Garon stopped three of four attempts, improving to 18-for-20 on the season.
"We are really confident in the shootout," Garon said. "It was a little harder and we had to wait for the end but we came through again."
The Oilers have a hot line of their own in Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner, who have combined for four goals and six assists during the three-game run.
The Stars have won three straight and six of their last seven meetings with the Oilers. Dallas has won five in a row - all one-goal victories - at Edmonton, last losing there on Jan. 20, 2004.