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GAME: Dallas Stars (39-24-13-0) at Edmonton Oilers (33-27-12-4).
TIME: Wednesday, 10 p.m. EST.
The Dallas Stars have been unbeatable at home for six weeks. They appear determined to carry over that dominant play to a critical four-game road trip.
The Stars look to improve to 2-0 on their western swing and win their fourth in a row overall when they take on the streaking Edmonton Oilers.
Dallas, unbeaten in 17 straight at home, opened this trip with a 4-0 victory over Calgary on Monday night. Marty Turco stopped 29 shots for his 21st career shutout and Shayne Corson scored twice for the Stars, 4-0-1 in their last five.
Dallas is locked in a tight battle with San Jose for the Pacific Division title. Starting with Tuesday's contest, the Stars play five of their last seven games on the road, where Dallas is just 14-18-5.
Judging from Tuesday's victory, though, the Stars have brought their confidence with them on a trip that includes Saturday's matchup with Vancouver and Sunday's showdown at San Jose.
"That first period is one of the best periods we've had on the road," said Corson, who had one of the Stars' three goals in the first period as they outshot the Flames 15-4.
Corson has three goals in 11 games since signing with Dallas as a free agent.
Calgary outshot Dallas 25-9 in the second and third periods, but couldn't beat Turco, who appeared in his league-high 71st game and improved to 35-21-13.
The red-hot Turco has allowed only one goal in his last three starts and has earned four shutouts in his last 13.
"This is the best I've felt all year," Turco said. "There have been some ailments that have dissipated."
The Stars, however, do have some injury issues. Defenseman Sergei Zubov sustained what a club official said was a charley horse and is questionable for Wednesday's game.
Right wing Jere Lehtinen (back spasms) did not make the trip to Calgary, but coach Dave Tippett said he could join the team either in Edmonton or Vancouver.
The Stars are also competing with the Canucks for fourth place and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Monday's win moved Dallas two points ahead in that race.
Dallas will be facing an Edmonton club that has surged into playoff position in the Western Conference with five consecutive wins. The Oilers beat Los Angeles 2-1 on Monday to move past St. Louis and into a seventh-place tie with Nashville with 82 points.
Two months ago, Edmonton was 12th in the conference, 10 points out of a playoff spot with 20 games remaining.
"We've played extremely hard to put ourselves in this position," Smyth said. "This was a playoff atmosphere, but it's been that way for the past month. Those were two desperate teams fighting for those last two playoff spots. We jumped into seventh for the time being, but by no means is it over yet."
Edmonton is opening a three-game homestand.
STANDINGS (through March 22): Stars - 91 points, 2nd place, 1 PB, Pacific Division. Oilers - 82 points, 4th place, 11 PB, Northwest Division.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 22): Stars - Power play: 16.2 percent (50 for 308), 17th in NHL. Penalty killing: 85.9 percent (243 for 283), 3rd. Oilers - Power play: 12.5 percent (39 for 311), 29th. Penalty killing: 80.5 percent (265 for 329), 28th.
SEASON SERIES: 1-1.
LAST MEETING: Feb. 29; Stars, 5-4, OT. At Dallas, Guerin scored his second goal of the game 55 seconds into overtime as the Stars rallied from a three-goal deficit.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Stars - 14-18-5-0 on the road; Oilers - 20-12-4-2 at home.
|Mar 31 '04||EDM 3 at DAL 1||R. Smyth|
|Mar 24 '04||DAL 4 at EDM 3 - OT||B. Guerin|
|Feb 29 '04||EDM 4 at DAL 5 - OT||B. Guerin|
|Jan 20 '04||DAL 0 at EDM 3||S. Ferguson|