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Hemsky, Stars look to stay hot against Oilers

by Steve Hunt

OILERS (6-13-2) at STARS (8-9-4)


Season series: The Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars play the first of three games this season. The Stars went 2-0-1 against the Oilers in 2013-14 and outscored them 10-5. Although the Oilers held Tyler Seguin to two points in two games, Ryan Garbutt had three goals in the series, including two in Dallas' 3-2 shootout loss on Dec. 1, 2013.

Oilers team scope: Edmonton heads to Dallas for the start of a three-game road trip on an 0-5-1 slide that includes a 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at Rexall Place on Saturday. The loss dropped their record to 0-10-1 against the Western Conference. "We want to go on this road trip, have some good performances and turn this thing around," forward David Perron told the Oilers website Monday. One of the problems facing the Oilers has been goaltending. Ben Scrivens has allowed five goals in each of his past two starts and hasn't won since shutting out the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 27. "We just don't want to pin this in one place," coach Dallas Eakins told the Oilers website. "This is a team game and when one part struggles the other parts have to stand taller and carry more weight. That's what we need out of the group right now." The Oilers changed goaltending coaches Monday, bringing in Dustin Schwartz to replace Frederic Chabot.

Stars team scope: Dallas' 5-4 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday was its second straight on home ice after losing nine of its first 10. Garbutt (upper body) is ready to return and coach Lindy Ruff said he'll decide Tuesday if Garbutt will play. Forward Jamie Benn was named the NHL's Third Star for the week ending Nov. 23 after scoring six points (three goals, three assists) in three games. Benn went 11 games without a goal before breaking out to help lead the Stars on their current 2-1-0 run. "It's just sticking with it," Benn told the Dallas Morning News on Monday. "Through the good and the bad, you have do the right things all of the time."

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