GAME: Edmonton Oilers (26-27-10-1) at Dallas Stars (31-22-11-0).
TIME: Sunday, 3 p.m. EST.
Nearly everything is going right for the Dallas Stars.
A home game against the Edmonton Oilers could help them continue that trend.
Dallas, unbeaten in 15 straight regular season home games against Edmonton,
looks to continue climbing toward the top of the Pacific Division.
Since dropping to .500 (17-17-6-0) following a 6-0 loss to Phoenix on Jan.
2, the Stars have gone 14-5-5 to move into fifth place in the Western
Conference. While San Jose has been atop the Pacific most of this season,
Dallas has pulled within six points of the surprising Sharks with the teams
scheduled to meet two more times.
This will be the Stars' first home game of the season against the Oilers,
who are 0-14-1 at Dallas during the regular season since a 4-3 victory on Jan.
Third-period goals from Stu Barnes and Bill Guerin and 18 saves by Marty
Turco led the Stars to a 3-1 victory over Minnesota on Friday.
Philippe Boucher also scored for Dallas, 4-0-1 in its last five games
overall. The Stars, who will play the fifth game of a franchise-record
eight-game homestand, are 7-0-3 at home since a 4-2 loss to Colorado on Jan.
"The biggest thing for us is we hang around these games," Dallas coach
Dave Tippett said. "We don't let a goal against or a mistake get us down. We
just keep focused on what we need to do, which is the little things."
The line of Jason Arnott, Brenden Morrow and Guerin has been one of the keys
to the Stars' resurgence. Guerin has three goals and nine points in his last
eight games, Arnott has points in nine of his last 11 contests, and Morrow has
eight goals in his last 11.
"They're a big, strong, dominating line," Tippett said. "Other teams are
trying to match up against them but they're playing with a real purpose now."
Turco, a top contender for the Vezina Trophy, has allowed three goals in his
last four games. He is second in the NHL in wins (29), first in minutes (3,628)
and sixth in goals-against average (2.02).
Left wing Shayne Corson, a 17-year veteran, is expected to make his Stars'
debut Sunday. Corson came out of retirement earlier this month to sign with
Edmonton, 10th in the West, has remained on the fringe of the playoff race
with a 6-3-2 record this month.
Ethan Moreau capped a five-goal second period with a pair of scores, leading
the Oilers to a 7-2 rout of Phoenix on Friday. Fernando Pisani, Adam Oates and
Shawn Horcoff also scored in the second period for Edmonton, which set season
highs in goals and margin of victory.
"It was a real feel-good game," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "It
seems we've worked hard enough that we deserved a game like that. We probably
have deserved more of them."
STANDINGS (through Feb. 27): Oilers - 63 points, 4th place, 18 PB, Northwest
Division. Stars - 73 points, 2nd place, 6 PB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Oilers - Ryan Smyth and Raffi Torres, 17 goals; Radek Dvorak,
28 assists; Smyth, 44 points; Georges Laraque, 93 PIM. Stars - Guerin, 25 goals
and 47 points; Sergei Zubov, 31 assists; Steve Ott, 123 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 27): Oilers - Power play: 11.9 percent (32 for
269), 29th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.8 percent (235 for 291), 28th. Stars -
Power play: 16.9 percent (43 for 254), 10th. Penalty killing: 85.5 percent (206
for 241), 4th.
GOALTENDERS: Oilers - Tommy Salo (15-17-6, 3 SO, 2.48 GAA); Tyler Moss (no
appearances). Stars - Turco (29-19-11, 6, 2.02); Ron Tugnutt (1-3-0, 2.57).
SEASON SERIES: Oilers, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Jan. 20; Oilers, 3-0. At Edmonton, Salo needed to make only 16
saves for his third shutout of the season, and Torres scored twice in the third
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Oilers - 10-15-6-1 on the road; Stars - 19-6-7-0 at home.