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DALLAS STARS (29-20-5) at
EDMONTON OILERS (23-25-5)
Start Time: 7:08 p.m. MST
Television: Rogers Sportsnet West
Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com. Game Notes | Oilers/Stars Stats Comparison | Player Head-to-Head Statistics The Edmonton Oilers play their second game of this current four-game homestand with the Dallas Stars as tonight’s opponent.
The Oilers at 51 points sit six back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with the target being Vancouver at 57 points.
Prior to the all-star break, Edmonton completed a five-game road trip with a record of 2-2-1. They followed that up with a 3-0 loss at home on Tuesday night to open this current homestand and now sit two games back of the .500 mark. The Oilers have dropped each of their last two home games after winning four in a row at Rexall Place earlier this month.
LAST GAME: Sharks 3, Oilers 0
Dallas is tied for second place in the Western Conference and first in the Pacific Division with the Sharks at 63 points. The Stars had a difficult month of January and have a record of 6-8-1 in their last 15. Most recently, the Stars defeated Vancouver 4-3 at GM Place on Tuesday night after going into the all-star break with consecutive losses at home to Columbus and Buffalo.
This is the third meeting of the season between these two teams with the previous two games having gone to overtime. Dallas won 5-4 in overtime at American Airlines Center on December 10 and then on December 18 defeated the Oilers 2-1 in a shootout. Just The Facts...
Pre-Game Comments from Sanderson, Grebeshkov, Thoresen, Horcoff & MacTavish: 700K Pre-Game Audio... Pre-Game vs. Dallas: Denis Grebeshkov
Pre-Game vs. Dallas: Shawn Horcoff
Pre-Game vs. Dallas: Geoff Sanderson
Pre-Game vs. Dallas: Patrick Thoresen
Pre-Game vs. Dallas: Craig MacTavish
Listen to all (in order: Grebeshkov, Horcoff, Sanderson, Thoresen and MacTavish)
Thursday's Audio: Jan 31 - Craig MacTavish
Jan 31 - Ales Hemsky
Wednesday's Audio: Jan 30 - Ethan Moreau
Jan 30 - Kyle Brodziak
Jan 30 - Shawn Horcoff
Jan 30 - Craig MacTavish
Wednesday and Thursday's Video:
Hemsky and MacTavish talk to the media about a slash that has left some discomfort in Hemsky's wrist. 700K Pisani, Brodziak and MacTavish. 700K Shawn Horcoff and Craig MacTavish talk about the discomfort in Horcoff's shoulder. 700K Sheldon Souray talks to the media about today's news that he's been placed on the Injured Reserve list. 700K In Depth...
Sanderson activated from NHL IR List; Ready for tonight - After being out for nearly a month due to injury, illness and as a healthy scratch, Geoff Sanderson was activated from NHL Injured Reserve today and is likely to return to the lineup tonight for Edmonton. ...more News Update...
Oilers acquire Curtis Glencross from Columbus in exchange for Dick Tarnstrom - The Edmonton Oilers have obtained rookie forward Curtis Glencross from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenceman Dick Tarnstrom. ...more More News The Other Side Stars wives visit UCP - Last December, the Dallas Stars players’ wives gathered together for their annual holiday visit to spread holiday cheer with the children of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater DFW. 700K | ...more Breaking Away - Dallas forward Jussi Jokinen gained a reputation as a shootout specialist as a rookie, but the third-year Finn is looking to prove he brings a lot more to the table as an all-around Star. ...more Item of the Game Tonight's item of the game is a Girls Buttercup Tee.. (Regular $19.99 on sale for $12.99) BONUS ITEM: An autographed jersey for $175.00 (includes GST). From the Fans
Click here to read tonight's gameday thread on the Oilers message board. Odds and Ends
Download your February wallpaper today! - The Oilers play 12 games in 29 days in the month of February and a good way to stay up to date with your favourite team is to use one of our four schedule backgrounds on your desktop. ...more Oilers place Sheldon Souray on NHL Injured Reserve - The Edmonton Oilers have placed defenceman Sheldon Souray on the NHL Injured Reserve List with a left shoulder injury. | Souray Interview | ...more From the Wire
The Dallas Stars look to move into sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division on Friday night when they visit the last-place Edmonton Oilers - a team they haven't lost to on the road in more than four years.
The Stars (29-20-5) have won six consecutive games at Rexall Place, all by one goal, including a 2-1 shootout victory Dec. 18. They haven't lost there since a 3-0 defeat on Jan. 20, 2004.
Dallas has won four straight meetings overall and seven of the last eight with the Oilers (23-25-5).
The Stars will be looking to break a tie with idle San Jose atop the Pacific on Friday. They maintained that position Tuesday by beating Vancouver 4-3 to start their three-game road swing, which ends against Calgary on Saturday.
"It was important to grab some points in a game like this to start the trip," Stars goaltender Marty Turco told the team's official Web site. "We were able to hang on and start this trip on the right note."
Turco was a major factor against the Canucks, making 29 saves after stopping 17 shots in a 2-1 loss to Buffalo on Jan. 24 just before the All-Star break. That's his only loss in his last four starts, during which he has posted a 2.27 goals-against average.
Turco has been a big part of Dallas' success at Edmonton, winning his last five starts there with a 2.16 GAA. He stopped 33 shots and two more in the shootout Dec. 18, improving to 13-4-0 with a 2.16 GAA and three shutouts in 17 games against the Oilers.
The Stars are hoping Jere Lehtinen makes his return Friday after undergoing sports hernia surgery Nov. 23. The veteran right wing has missed 33 games after starting the season with six goals and 13 assists in 21 games.
The Oilers, at the bottom of the Northwest Division and 13th in the Western Conference, are looking to rebound from a listless 3-0 loss to the Sharks on Tuesday. Edmonton managed only 13 shots as it opened a four-game homestand with its fifth defeat in seven games.
"It was a humbling effort. I didn't see this effort coming," coach Craig MacTavish said. "You can say that we got outbattled but we didn't even get to the battle.
"It was a humiliating evening in virtually all of the aspects of the game."
Mathieu Garon was one of the few bright spots against San Jose, stopping 36 of 38 shots. Garon, though, has lost three of his last four starts with a 3.58 GAA following a four-game winning streak, during which he posted a 1.23 GAA and a shutout.
Garon is 0-3-1 with a 3.35 GAA in his last four games against Dallas.
That could result in MacTavish using Dwayne Roloson in net Friday, but Roloson has won only one of his last six starts (1-2-3) with a 3.08 GAA.
He took the loss in the last meeting with the Stars despite making 36 saves and one more in the shootout. That dropped him to 0-1-2 with a 3.66 GAA in his last four games against Dallas.