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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Dallas Stars

GAME: Edmonton Oilers (3-6-1) at Dallas Stars (5-3-1).

TIME: Friday, 8:30 p.m. EDT.

Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish may soon run out of adjectives to describe his team's woeful play.

The Oilers hope to end a seven-game losing streak when they continue a three-game road trip against the Dallas Stars.

Edmonton lost its seventh straight Tuesday as it allowed three goals over the final 6 1/2 minutes in a 5-3 defeat at Colorado.

"We have a 3-2 lead with six minutes to go and lose," MacTavish said. "We lose by the same stupid mistakes we have been making time and time again. We are playing with a junior-league-player mentality."

The Oilers lost 7-1 to the Avalanche in Edmonton last Friday to extend the skid to six in a game MacTavish called "tragic," "comical," and a "stand-alone product for ineptitude."

Edmonton, outscored 23-8 during the current slide, hasn't lost eight in a row since it dropped nine straight from March 23-April 9, 1995.

Inconsistent goaltending from Jussi Markkanen and Ty Conklin, and a lack of production from veteran players have contributed to the Oilers' struggles.

Michael Peca, one of the more notable offseason acquisitions for the Oilers, has been limited to one goal in 10 games while defenseman Chris Pronger, another marquee acquisition, has no goals.

One of the teams that has already beaten the Oilers during the streak is Dallas, which won 3-2 at Edmonton on Oct. 14.

While the Stars' situation might not be as dire, they come into this game with their own set of problems, having lost three of four while giving up 18 goals in that span.

Against San Jose on Wednesday, Dallas held a 4-3 lead in the final minute of regulation before Brenden Morrow drew a high-sticking penalty with 38 seconds left. San Jose pulled its goaltender for a 6-on-4 advantage, and Marco Sturm tied the game with 19.9 seconds remaining.

The Stars went on to lose 5-4 in overtime.

"There's no excuse to give away games like that, especially division games," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said.

Despite the loss, Tippett had to be pleased with the performance of rookie Jussi Jokinen, who had the first multigoal game of his career with a pair of second-period scores.

Johan Hedberg made his season debut against the Oilers on Oct. 14 and made 34 saves, improving to 4-0 against Edmonton in his career.

STANDINGS: Oilers - 7 points, 5th place, 10 PB, Northwest Division. Stars - 11 points, 2nd place (tied), 3 PB, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Oilers - Raffi Torres, 6 goals; Jarret Stoll, 6 assists; Shawn Horcoff and Stoll, 7 points; Ethan Moreau, 18 PIM. Stars - Jere Lehtinen, 6 goals; Mike Modano, 8 assists and 10 points; Jason Arnott and Philippe Boucher, 27 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Oilers - Power play: 13.4 percent (9 for 69), 25th in NHL. Penalty killing: 79.1 percent (53 for 67), 21st. Stars - Power play: 14.2 percent (7 for 49), 23rd. Penalty killing: 83.3 percent (50 for 60), 15th.

GOALTENDERS: Oilers - Markkanen (2-5-1, 0 SO, 3.17 GAA); Conklin (1-1-0, 4.39). Stars - Marty Turco (4-3-1, 3.45); Hedberg (1-0-0, 3.24).

SEASON SERIES: Stars, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 14; Stars, 3-2. At Edmonton, Alberta, Steve Ott's goal with just over eight minutes left broke a 2-2 tie, and Hedberg earned his first win of the season.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Oilers - 1-4-0 on the road; Stars - 3-2-1 at home.

2005-2006 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 07 '06 DAL 4 at EDM 3 - SO S. Zubov
Nov 07 '05 EDM 0 at DAL 4 J. Jokinen
Oct 28 '05 EDM 5 at DAL 3 R. Dvorak
Oct 14 '05 DAL 3 at EDM 2 S. Ott