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DALLAS STARS (18-11-4) at
EDMONTON OILERS (16-16-2)
Start Time: 7:38 p.m. MST
Television: Rogers Sportsnet West
Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com. 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.
LAST GAME: Oilers 2, Canucks 1 (SO) 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...
Pre-Game Video... Comments from Reasoner, Sanderson, Roloson, Horcoff, Penner & MacTavish. 700K Pre-Game Audio... Pre-Game vs. Dallas: Dwayne Roloson
Pre-Game vs. Dallas: Geoff Sanderson
Pre-Game vs. Dallas: Dustin Penner
Pre-Game vs. Dallas: Marty Reasoner
Pre-Game vs. Dallas: Craig MacTavish
Pre-Game vs. Dallas: Shawn Horcoff
Listen to all (in order: Horcoff, Penner, Reasoner, Roloson and MacTavish)
Monday's Audio... Torres talks to the media about his injury. 700K
Moreau talks to the media on Monday about the status of his injury. 700K Dec 17 Off-Day Comments: Craig MacTavish
Dec 17 Off-Day Comments: Sheldon Souray
Dec 17 Off-Day Comments: Shawn Horcoff
Dec 17 Off-Day Comments: Raffi Torres
Dec 17 Off-Day Comments: Ethan Moreau
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 News Update...
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 More News The Other Side More Hot, Than Cold - The NHL has seen some hot teams this season and some cold teams. Oddly enough, sometimes those hot and cold teams have been the same team as the whole league is fighting hard to stay consistent through an 82-game schedule. ...more 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
Click here to read tonight's gameday thread on the Oilers message board. 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 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.