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GAME: Edmonton Oilers (35-28-12-5) at Dallas Stars (40-24-13-2).

TIME: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. EST.

The Dallas Stars hope to bounce back and resume their quest for home-ice in the playoffs when they host the Edmonton Oilers.

Dallas is coming off a four-game road trip where it picked up six points. After winning the first two games - which included a victory in Edmonton - it concluded the series with back-to-back overtime losses to Vancouver and San Jose, having never lost in overtime this season before.

Backup goaltender Ron Tugnutt stopped 29 in a 2-1 loss to San Jose on Sunday for his second straight loss as Marty Turco continues to serve a four-game suspension for high-sticking Edmonton's Ryan Smyth last Wednesday.

"We don't lose a game in overtime all year and then we do it back-to-back," Tugnutt said. "That sucks. And, we do it to one team just behind us (in the standings) and to one team in front of us."

The Stars dropped five points behind the Sharks in the Pacific Division with both teams having three games left to play and are now tied with the Canucks for the fourth playoff spot in the West.

"That's going to make the division a lot harder to win," Stars defenseman Philippe Boucher said about the weekend losses. "But now it's about feeling good about our game going into the playoffs. Let's get home-ice advantage (in the first round) and go into the playoffs on a roll."

The Stars, with an NHL-best 25 victories at home, have not lost at home since Jan. 10, going 13-0-4 in that span, and play two of their remaining three games at the American Airlines Center.

They have excelled against the Oilers, going 15-0-1 in the last 16 meetings in Dallas and 32-5-4-1 overall since moving to Texas in 1993.

Dallas has points in 18 of their last 20 games (13-2-3-2).

The Oilers, who play their remaining two games on the road, dented their playoff hopes with a 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. They had earned a point in 16 consecutive games, going 10-0-2-4 before the loss.

Edmonton has 87 points and dropped to ninth place when Nashville defeated Chicago to move into the eighth and final playoff spot. The Predators also have 87 points but have one extra game.

Edmonton, 29th in the league killing penalties on the road and 27th overall, allowed the lone goal on a power play Tuesday. It has surrendered 41 goals in 180 chances while short-handed.

The Oilers went 0-for-4 with the man advantage against St. Louis and owns the worst power play unit in the league on the road with just 11 goals in 152 chances.

STANDINGS: Oilers - 87 points, 4th place, 9 PB, Northwest Division. Stars - 95 points, 2nd place, 5 PB, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Oilers - Smyth, 22 goals, 36 assists and 58 points; Georges Laraque, 99 PIM. Stars - Bill Guerin, 33 goals and 66 points; Jason Arnott, 36 assists; Steve Ott, 152 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 29): Oilers - Power play: 12.9 percent (42 for 325), 29th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.2 percent (276 for 340), 27th. Stars - Power play: 15.8 percent (50 for 317), 17th. Penalty killing: 86.2 percent (257 for 298), 3rd.

GOALTENDERS: Oilers - Ty Conklin (16-13-4, 1 SO, 2.39 GAA); Jussi Markkanen (10-14-3, 2, 2.37). Stars - Turco (36-21-13, 9, 1.98); Tugnutt (3-5-0, 1, 2.09).

SEASON SERIES: Stars, 2-1.

LAST MEETING: March 24; Stars, 4-3, OT. At Edmonton, Guerin scored 3:11 into overtime to lift Dallas to a come-from-behind victory and clinch a playoff spot.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Oilers - 13-16-8-2 on the road; Stars - 25-6-8-0 at home.

Associated Press
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