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Stars-Oilers Preview

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 9:57 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Oilers Preview
Previewing Sunday night\'s tilt between the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers.

Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars
Sunday, December 1
5:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (12-9-3) are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Friday at American Airlines Center. The Stars had a 1-0 lead entering the third period, but Chicago tied the game and then won it in an eleven-round shootout.

“We played one hell of a game. That was one hell of a hockey game,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “I thought, puck-wise and playmaking wise and skating, there was a lot of speed in the game. I thought our guys played as hard as they could.

“When you lose one like that it hurts. But to know you got a point and played them as tough as you did you can take something away from that.”

The Stars lost defenseman Stephane Robidas to a leg fracture in the game. He underwent surgery Saturday morning and is expected to miss 4-6 months.

“That’s tough. I’ve seen lots of injuries, but it doesn’t change when you see something like that,” said Ruff. “He battles so hard, he’s played so well for us, he’s such a good competitor. When you see that it hurts.”

The Stars recalled defenseman Jamie Oleksiak from the Texas Stars of the AHL. Oleksiak or Kevin Connauton is expected to take the open spot on defense in Sunday’s game.

Dallas is 1-0-1 on its homestand, which wraps up Sunday vs. the Oilers.

Injuries: D Stephane Robidas (leg) and D Aaron Rome (muscle injury) are out.

About the Oilers

The Oilers (8-17-2) are coming off a 4-2 loss at Columbus on Friday. The Blue Jackets scored 7:50 into the game to take the early lead and then added three more goals in the second period to extend their lead to 4-0.

"We weren't ready to go right out of the gate," Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said. "Even though we slowly fought our way back there were a lot of head-shaking moments from not only the coaches but the players themselves. There were a lot of mental mistakes."

Ilya Bryzgalov, making his second start and third appearance for the Oilers, stopped 19 of 23 shots and was pulled after the second period.

The loss was just the second in the last six games for Edmonton (4-2-0).The Oilers are 1-1-0 on their current road trip, which concludes Sunday in Dallas.

Injuries: C Boyd Gordon (undisclosed) is questionable. D Philip Larsen (back), F Tyler Pitlick (knee) and G Richard Bachman (lower body) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of three meetings between the Stars and Oilers this season.

*November 13, Dallas at Edmonton: Stars 3, Oilers 0.

*The Stars are 10-1-1 in their last 12 games against the Oilers at American Airlines Center.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 4-3-3 at home this season.

*The Oilers are 5-9-2 on the road.

*The Oilers are 2-7-1 vs. the Western Conference.

*The Stars are 7-6-3 vs. the West.

*The Oilers have been outscored 30-17 in first periods this season.

*The Stars have outscored their opponents 21-20 in first periods.

*The Oilers have been outscored 40-63 in five-on-five play. Their 0.63 five-on-five goals for/goals against ratio ranks 29th in the league.

*The Stars have outscored their opponents 50-47 in five-on-five play, ranking 15th in the league with a five-on-five goals for/goals against ratio of 1.06.

*Stars forward Rich Peverley has points in 3 straight games (1 goal, 2 assists).

*Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has points in 5 straight games (1 goal, 7 assists).

*Jamie Benn leads the Stars in points with 24 (7 goals, 17 assists).

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars with 12 goals.

*Jordan Eberle leads the Oilers with 23 points (9 goals, 14 assists).

*Eberle and David Perron co-lead the Oilers in goals with 9 each.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 61 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 61 14 37 -3 51
E. Cole 56 18 14 4 32
J. Klingberg 47 10 22 4 32
T. Daley 58 16 15 -11 31
A. Hemsky 55 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 61 2 24 4 26
C. Eakin 58 12 13 -3 25
A. Roussel 59 11 11 -11 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 9 .906 2.96
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
 
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