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Edmonton trying to end four-game winless skid; Dallas hoping to push point streak to six

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

OILERS (18-13-4) at STARS (19-11-4)

8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW+, SNW, NHL.TV

The Game

The Dallas Stars will try to extend their point streak to six games when they play the Edmonton Oilers at American Airlines Center on Monday.

The Stars are 4-0-1 in their past five games after a four-game winless streak (0-3-1). They also have won 10 of their past 12 home games (10-1-1). Dallas is 18-4-3 following a 1-7-1 start to the season.

The Oilers are on a season-long four-game winless streak (0-3-1) and have been outscored 19-11 during the streak.

Players to watch

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has five points (two goals, three assists) in the past five games.

Stars forward Alexander Radulov has six points (one goal, five assists) during a four-game point streak.

They said it

"We're worried about how we play. They're a deep team; they have Corey Perry on the fourth line. But we have to play our game. We recognize who we're playing against, their skill sets and what they do. But ultimately we have to play our game to give ourselves a chance to win." -- Oilers coach Dave Tippett

"It's not just two guys. I know we hear a lot about [Leon] Draisaitl and [Connor] McDavid, but they have a lot of other really good players. I know they've been struggling lately but that's not indicative of their team. We're all going to go through something like we went through at the start of the year. Things don't always go your way. They're a very well-balanced and well-coached team. We know how good they are, regardless of the last four games." -- Stars coach Rick Bowness on the Oilers

Oilers projected lineup

Joakim Nygard -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian

James Neal -- Leon Draisaitl -- Sam Gagner

Jujhar Khaira -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Alex Chiasson

Gaetan Haas -- Riley Sheahan -- Josh Archibald

Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson

Darnell Nurse -- Ethan Bear

Kris Russell -- Caleb Jones

Mikko Koskinen

Mike Smith

Scratched: Markus Granlund, Patrick Russell, Brandon Manning

Injured: Matt Benning (head)

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark -- Roope Hintz -- Joe Pavelski

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Denis Gurianov -- Jason Dickinson -- Corey Perry

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen

Andrej Sekera -- Roman Polak

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Justin Dowling, Taylor Fedun

Injured: Stephen Johns (post-traumatic headaches)

Status report

Janmark will return to the lineup after missing a 4-1 win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday game because of an upper-body injury.

Stat pack

The Oilers' 32.3 percent on the power play leads the NHL. … McDavid leads the League with 57 points (20 goals, 37 assists) and Draisaitl is second with 56 points (20 goals, 36 assists). … The Stars have a six-game point streak (5-0-1) against the Oilers. … Bishop is 7-2-1 with a 2.17 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in 12 games against the Oilers.

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