Oilers battle Stars on TSN tonight
DALLAS STARS (9-11-4) at
EDMONTON OILERS (10-11-2)
Start Time: 7:38 p.m. MST
Television: TSN (HD)
Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com.
Today's Game Notes
by Nick Conrad | edmontonoilers.com
|THE ESSENTIALS FOR TONIGHT
There’ll be one less pest to worry about when the Dallas Stars shoot into Edmonton for tonight’s game at Rexall Place.
Sean Avery has been suspended indefinitely by the NHL for making inappropriate comments Tuesday morning in Calgary.
Considering the Oilers’ troubles with the Dallas Stars, they’ll take any help they can get. The Stars are 43-9-5 against Edmonton since moving to Dallas, their best record against any team since the relocation. The Oilers haven’t won versus the Stars at Rexall Place since Jan. 20, 2004, going 0-3-4 over that stretch.
The Stars are coming off a 3-1 win last night in Calgary which was Dallas’ second win in a row, the first time they’ve strung two wins together all season.
Edmonton hasn’t played since the loss in Dallas on Nov. 30 when Mike Modano scored late in the third period to give the Stars the 4-3 edge.
The Oilers will hit the road tomorrow for a back-to-back set versus the LA Kings and San Jose Sharks on Friday and Saturday respectively.
RETURN OF THE SCHREMP
While Hockeydom is all abuzz over Avery’s asinine actions, the Edmonton Oilers have a spotlight stealer of their own.
New call-up Rob Schremp will play his fourth NHL game and he’ll have the rapt attention of media, fans and Oilers brass alike. The first-rounder has taken a longer than expected route to the NHL and it seems now is his window of opportunity to prove himself. Schremp led the Springfield Falcons of the AHL in points with one goal and 17 assists prior to his call-up.
Just The Facts...
LINEUP UPDATE (11:21 AM):
Edmonton— Mathieu Garon gets the start in goal tonight for the OIlers... LW Rob Schremp will slot in alongside Andrew Cogliano
and Sam Gagner
; Dallas— Forward Sean Avery has been suspended pending a hearing with Commissioner Gary Bettman for making inappropriate comments.
OILERS TO WATCH:
All eyes will be on AHL call-up Rob Schremp who will slot into the Kid Line on the left wing...Sam Gagner
hasn’t had a point in four games and may get a spark from Schremp who has been an assist machine in the AHL...Shawn Horcoff
has been fired up as of late. He has eight points in his last five games, registered a Gordie Howe hattrick vs. St. Louis and led the team in ice time (25:26) vs. Dallas on Sunday...Zack Stortini
had a two-minute scrap with Krys Barch on Sunday setting up a possible re-acquaintance tonight.
STARS TO WATCH:
Mike Modano scored the GWG (his 1,300th career point) on Sunday and has scored 31-32-73 in 62 games vs. Edmonton...Loui Eriksson enters tonight’s game on a six-game point streak and leads the Stars with 12 goals...Marty Turco made 36 saves last night in Calgary and is 16-4-0 in 20 games versus Edmonton.
Edmonton—Robert Nilsson is day-to-day (upper body injury); Fernando Pisani is out (broken ankle); Steve MacIntyre
is out (orbital bone); Dallas— Sergei Zubov is out (lower body injury), Joel Lundqvist (shoulder) is out. Jere Lehtinen (upper body) is out. Brenden Morrow (torn ACL) is out. Steve Ott (broken hand) is out. Steve Avery (suspension) is out.
Tonight’s game is the first of eight home games for Edmonton in December...The Oilers played only seven games at Rexall Place in October and November...Dallas has won seven straight games versus the Oilers at Rexall Place...Edmonton will host Dallas once more this season when Dallas returns to Rexall on Jan. 3...The Oilers last beat the Stars on January 20, 2004...Mike Modano became the 31st player to score 1,300 points with his game-winning goal vs. Edmonton last Sunday.
Rob Schremp recalled from Springfield
- General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have recalled centre Rob Schremp from the AHL's Springfield Falcons. Schremp currently leads the Falcons with 18 points in 18 games this season. ...more
The Other Side
- Stars owner supports Avery suspension - The NHL announced Tuesday afternoon that it has suspended Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery indefinitely, pending a hearing with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The suspension is a move supported by owner Thomas O. Hicks. ...more
- A look back at November - As the Stars delve into the month of December, where eight home games and five road games await them, it seems appropriate to look back on November and see how Dallas is working to turn around a rough beginning to the season. ...more
Odds and Ends
- Molson Half Price Seats Available - All tickets, singles, standing, pairs, are on-sale now for only half-price! Get yours today and catch the Oilers and Dallas Stars in action at Rexall Place tonight! ...more
- 5 Questions with Steve Staios - Which stellar vehicle was a teenage Steve Staios proud to call his own? Click the link to check out the name of his first-ever car and the answers to four more questions. ...more
- The LINK: Hard-hitting questions - Jason Strudwick, Dwayne Roloson and Dustin Penner were put on the hot seat for a variety of fun questions in this episode of The Link. Strudwick also paid a visit to his old school with several Oilers teammates. ...more
From the Wire (AP)
It took the Dallas Stars almost two full months to win back-to-back contests, but stringing together three straight victories might be a little easier.
The Stars pursue that goal and their eighth consecutive victory over the struggling Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday without the services of suspended winger Sean Avery for the second straight night.
Dallas (9-11-4) sits last in the Pacific Division and ranks near the bottom of the NHL with 22 points, due in part to a defense that has allowed a Western Conference-worst 87 goals. Usually reliable veteran Marty Turco has compiled a lofty 3.48 goals-against average in starting 22 of his team's 24 games.
Turco, though, helped Dallas turn in its best defensive performance in almost six weeks on Tuesday in a 3-1 victory at Calgary. It was only the second time this season that the Stars held an opponent under two goals and the first since a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers on Oct. 20.
Turco, who yielded 15 goals in his previous four outings, made a season-high 36 saves in his 13th straight start for Dallas, which looks to win three in a row for the first time since a four-game run Feb. 22-28.
"You have to really appreciate the effort and focus of this club with all that's gone on, never mind (Tuesday's) unfortunate incident shining on our club," Turco said. "The way we did play, and focus, and played our game plan better than we have in a long time."
Turco made a quick reference to Avery's off-ice controversy. Just hours before Tuesday's game, the league suspended the noted agitator indefinitely for conduct "detrimental to the league or game of hockey" after making crass pre-game comments regarding Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who is dating one of Avery's ex-girlfriends.
Avery, who signed a four-year, $15.5 million deal with Dallas in July, had never been reprimanded by the NHL. The left wing, who leads the Stars with 77 penalty minutes, is expected to meet with commissioner Gary Bettman before his punishment is settled, but will miss Wednesday's game.
With Avery out of the picture for a while, Turco looks to continue his strong play against the Oilers. He is 16-4-0 with a 2.13 goals-against average lifetime versus Edmonton, allowing 14 goals on 173 shots in leading the Stars to wins in the last seven meetings.
Turco has also compiled a 1.95 GAA and a .932 save percentage during a personal six-game win streak at Edmonton. Dallas has won seven in a row there since a loss on Jan. 20, 2004.
Edmonton (10-11-2) enters December having lost six of eight (2-5-1) following Sunday's 4-3 defeat at Dallas in which Mike Modano scored the decisive goal - his 73rd career point versus the Oilers - with 2:21 left in the third period.
Kyle Brodziak scored twice and defenseman Sheldon Souray had three assists for the Oilers, who allowed two power-play goals and have yielded 11 short-handed tallies in 38 chances over their last eight contests.
"It was missed execution on a pretty elementary part of our penalty kill," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "The game was there for us. It was ripe for opportunity."
Souray leads Edmonton with eight goals and is second with 19 points, collecting three goals and four assists during a five-game point streak.
Ales Hemsky has 18 of his team-leading 24 points over his last 15 contests. He has two goals and seven assists in his last 11 contests against the Stars.