Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google

Stars-Oilers Preview

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 6:21 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
Share with your Friends

Stars-Oilers Preview
Previewing Tuesday night\'s tilt between the Dallas Stars and the Edmonton Oilers.

Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars
Tuesday, January 14
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (20-18-7) dropped their sixth straight game, falling 4-2 to the New York Islanders Sunday evening at American Airlines Center. The Stars had a 2-0 lead after the first period and a 2-1 late in the third, but the Islanders scored three goals in the final 4:16 to secure the victory.

"We turned the puck over too many times,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “We gave them breakaways. Dan (Ellis) made probably three or four great saves to keep the score where it was at. It caught up to us."

The losing streak is the longest for the Stars since the 1995-96 season.

“There’s only one way out of it, and that’s just with simple hard work and a commitment to playing the right way,” said Stars forward Ray Whitney. “As a group, we have to decide to do that. You can’t have half of your team doing it and half the team not doing it. Until you get that, you’re not going to have the success you want as a group. We’re going to have to evaluate this on Tuesday morning and change what we’re doing.”

All six of the Stars’ losses during the streak have come against teams from the Eastern Conference. The loss was the third straight at home for the Stars, who have yet to win in 2014. They fell eight points behind Minnesota for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Stars had a scheduled day off Monday.

Injuries: D Aaron Rome (lower body) is questionable. D Stephane Robidas (leg) is out.

About the Oilers

The Oilers (15-28-5) are coming off a 5-3 loss to Chicago at United Center on Sunday. The Oilers tied the game 2-2 in the second after the Blackhawks scored into their own net during a delayed penalty, but Chicago scored 29 seconds later on a five-on-three power play to take the lead for good in the game.

"We can’t, especially against the good teams, we can’t watch them play," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "You’re going to get killed. I thought we caught a great break on that crazy second goal, and then we went out and couldn’t kill that five-on-three. It was right then, now you’re chasing it against a good team again. You’re very rarely going to fare well doing that.”

The Oilers, who were coming off a win over Pittsburgh on Friday, are 2-4-2 over their last eight games, a stretch that has seen them play Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Anaheim, San Jose, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

Forwards Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner did not practice Monday, but both are expected to play Tuesday.

Ilya Bryzgalov will start in goal Tuesday for Edmonton.

Injuries: D Corey Potter (groin) and D Philip Larsen (illness) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the third and final meeting between the Stars and Oilers.

*The Stars are 1-0-1 in the season series.

*The Oilers are 1-1-0 in the season series.

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

*December 1, Edmonton at Dallas: Oilers 3, Stars 2 (SO)

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have been outscored 26-12 during their six-game losing streak .

*The Oilers have been outscored 26-17 over their last six games, during which they have gone 2-4-0.

*Edmonton ranks 30th in the NHL in goals against at 3.48 per game.

*The Stars rank 25th in goals against at 3.00 per game.

*The Oilers seven road wins are the lowest total in the Western Conference.

*The Oilers are 1-7-1 in their last nine games on the road.

*The Stars are 9-2-2 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Oilers are 4-8-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 8-3-2 against Canadian-based teams this season and 24-11-3 against them since the beginning of the 2011-12 season.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (21) and points (41)

*Taylor Hall leads the Oilers in goals (18) and points (43).

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 reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.




1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46


J. Benn 65 23 38 -3 61
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 65 15 37 -5 52
J. Klingberg 51 10 25 4 35
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
C. Eakin 62 15 15 -1 30
A. Goligoski 65 3 24 3 27
A. Hemsky 59 9 17 -9 26
A. Roussel 63 12 12 -12 24
S. Horcoff 61 9 14 3 23
K. Lehtonen 26 13 10 .905 2.98
J. Enroth 14 25 2 .901 3.26
#LONESTARSSTATE GAMEDAY FAN is the official Web site of DSE Hockey Club, L.P.  The Stars name and logos are registered trademarks of the NHL and the Stars. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 DSE Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Corporate Partnerships | Contact UsPrivacy Policy | AdChoices | Job Opportunities | Terms of Use | Site Map | Find us on Google+