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GAME: Edmonton Oilers (8-6-1) at Dallas Stars (8-5-1).

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

The Edmonton Oilers' season-high five-game winning streak began in Dallas just over a week ago. Winning there again would prove they have reversed more than a decade of frustration in that city.

The Oilers try to make it three consecutive wins in Dallas when the teams meet for the third time this season.

Edmonton won its first game in Dallas this season 5-3 on Oct. 28. It was the Oilers' second straight win there after it posted a 1-18-2 record in the city since Stars moved from Minnesota after the 1992-93 season.

"We're two-for-two," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "Now, hopefully, the momentum is shifting."

That victory was the first of a season-high five in a row for the Oilers, who have outscored opponents 25-9 during the streak, the franchise's longest since a five-game run from March 14-22, 2004. Edmonton last won six in row from March 14-26, 2002

Jarrett Stoll had his first career two-goal game and added two assists to lead Edmonton to a 7-2 victory Friday over the St. Louis Blues.

MacTavish said the offense was a good complement to the strong goaltending of Jussi Markkanen, who stopped 34 of 36 shots for his fifth straight win.

"We had some guys do some nice things offensively," MacTavish said. "The bottom line for us was our goaltending was really good and we capitalized on our opportunities."

Markkanen has been superb during the streak, stopping 134 of 144 shots for a .930 save percentage. In 98 minutes over two games against Dallas this season, Markkanen has stopped 36 of 40 shots.

Left wings Raffi Torres and Ryan Smyth have been leading the offense during Edmonton's streak. Torres has five goals and four assists in his last six games while Smyth has six goals in five consecutive games.

Dallas has won three of four games after recording one win in its previous five. The Stars followed a 9-1 pounding Friday of the Chicago Blackhawks with a 3-2 shootout victory Saturday over the Colorado Avalanche.

Marty Turco, who has struggled early this season, stopped 27 shots in regulation and overtime and made two more in the shootout. He is 6-3 with a 2.32 goals-against average and two career shoutouts against Edmonton.

Left wing Brenden Morrow has a goal and two assists against Edmonton this season, and is averaging nearly a point per game against the Oilers in his career.

Dallas center Jason Arnott has three assists in two games against his former team this season.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 6): Oilers - 17 points, 3rd place, 5 PB, Northwest Division. Stars - 17 points, 2nd place (tied), 3 PB, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Oilers - Torres, 9 goals; Ales Hemsky, 12 assists and 15 points; Ethan Moreau, 34 PIM. Stars - Jere Lehtinen, 8 goals; Morrow, 10 assists; Mike Modano and Morrow, 14 points; Steve Ott, 51 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 6): Oilers - Power play: 18.7 percent (18 for 96), tied for 15th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.8 percent (80 for 99), 18th. Stars - Power play: 16.4 percent (14 for 85), 18th. Penalty killing: 82.9 percent (73 for 88), 13th.

GOALTENDERS: Oilers - Markkanen (7-5-1, 0 SO, 2.69 GAA); Michael Morrison (no appearances). Stars - Turco (6-4-1, 3.19); Johan Hedberg (2-1-0, 3.90).


LAST MEETING: Oct. 28; Oilers, 5-3. At Dallas, Radek Dvorak snapped a tie at 8:12 of the third period to lead Edmonton to its second straight win in Dallas.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Oilers - 5-4-0 on the road; Stars - 4-4-1 at home.

Associated Press
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