StarGazing - March 2nd vs. Edmonton Oilers
Friday, 03.02.2012 / 11:11 AM / News
Dallas Stars (33-26-5, 71 points – 8th, Western Conference)
at Edmonton Oilers (25-32-6, 56 points – 14th, Western Conference)
8:30 p.m. CT at Rexall Place
A reminder - this Friday’s Dallas Stars game (March 2) at Edmonton will be shown on FOX Sports Southwest Plus. The Stars game will available on FSSW+ in markets carrying Mavericks, Spurs and Rockets games that night on FOX Sports Southwest and FOX Sports Houston. Fans can visit foxsportssouthwest.com for channel locations in those markets. The game also will be joined in progress on FOX Sports Southwest after the Mavericks postgame show.
Fans in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area can find Friday’s game on FOX Sports Southwest Plus on the following channels:
AT&T U-Verse - Ch. 754 (1754 HD)
Charter Cable - Ch. 300
DirecTV - Ch. 679 (679-1 HD)
Dish Network - Ch. 447 (9517 HD)
Time Warner Cable - Ch. 960 (requires digital cable box)
Verizon FIOS - Ch. 77 (577 HD)
For people outside the Dallas area, the attached link can direct them to the correct station:
FOX Sports Southwest Plus is a channel used by the network to simultaneously show multiple events on two channels, giving viewers another option to follow their favorite teams.
FOX Sports Southwest Plus is available to all program providers that carry FOX Sports Southwest. Some providers carry FOX Sports Southwest Plus as a 24-hour full-time channel. Others choose to offer selected FOX Sports Southwest Plus programming and designate a local channel to show the events.
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. EDMONTON OILERS:
This Season: 2-0-0
11/21/11 – vs. Edmonton, 4-1 W
1/7/12 – vs. Edmonton, 4-1 W
3/2/12 – at Edmonton
3/28/12 – at Edmonton
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:
1. The Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers meet for their third contest of the season. Dallas has won the previous two games in the series outscoring the Oilers 8-2. The Stars have earned a point in ten of their last 11 games against them earning an 8-1-2 record in that span.
2. Dallas enters Friday’s contest riding a five-game point streak (4-0-1). In that five game span, Dallas has outscored the opposition 16-7 and have jumped from 10th in the Western Conference to the eighth and final playoff spot.
3. The Stars have not lost a game in regulation this season against teams from Canada (6-0-1). They have also won eight of 11 games against Northwest Division opponents posting an 8-3-0 record.
4. Friday’s game features two of the top-five highest goal scoring 2007 draft picks. Sam Gagne (EDM) is second with 73 goals in 347 games played, while Jamie Benn (DAL) is fifth with 62 goals in 204 games played. Benn returned to action last night scoring a goal after missing the previous six games with a lower body injury.
5. The Stars concluded the month of February with an 8-5-3 record (16 GP), good for 19 points in the standings. They also inched closer to a playoff berth jumping from ninth in the West to eighth in the span of a month. Last February, the Stars went 3-8-1 and dropped from third in the Conference to sixth.
WHO TO WATCH:
MIKE RIBEIRO is currently on an eight-game point streak (3-8-11). It’s the third longest active streak in the NHL behind Jason Spezza (OTT, 10 games) and Eric Staal (CAR, 9 games). It’s also the longest point streak any Dallas Star has earned this season. He has points in nine of his last 10 games against the Oilers (4-9-13).
LOUI ERIKSSON has a three-game point streak against the Edmonton Oilers (1-4-5). The Stars have only lost one game when Eriksson records a point against Edmonton, earning an 8-0-1 record in those contests.
SHELDON SOURAY is making his first trip to Edmonton since signing with the Stars. Souray ranks second among Dallas defensemen with six goals and leads all Dallas blue-liners with a plus-14 rating this season.