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GAME: Dallas Stars (40-18-3) at Edmonton Oilers (32-21-8).

TIME: Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST.

As they try to keep close to first place in the Western Conference, the Dallas Stars visit the Edmonton Oilers in the second of a four-game road trip.

The Stars are securely in second place in the West, with a six-point lead over Northwest Division-leading Calgary and a 10-point edge over Los Angeles in the Pacific Division. Dallas trails the Detroit Red Wings by four points for the top seed in the conference.

The Stars won the first game of the road trip Sunday with a 7-2 rout at Chicago. The victory gave the Stars five consecutive wins and an 11-0-2 record in the last 13 meetings with the Blackhawks.

"I think we've gotten some timely goals, and the pucks have gone in for us," said Stars coach Dave Tippett. "I don't know, I think we've played better games against other teams and not scored as many. I think it's a fluke thing that we've been able to capitalize on as many chances as we have."

The Stars won two games over the weekend, outscoring their opponents 12-5, after a three-game losing streak. Dallas topped Colorado 5-3 on Saturday.

Eight different Stars scored in the two victories with Jason Arnott, Jussi Jokinen, Mike Modano, and Brendan Morrow each scoring two goals.

Arnott leads the Stars in scoring with 24 goals and 59 points. He is nine points shy of his career-high in points, set in 1993-94 as a rookie with the Oilers.

Arnott also has four goals and three assists during a four-game points streak.

The seventh-overall selection of the 1993 NHL Draft by Edmonton, Arnott has 12 points in 14 career games against his former team.

Edmonton also is looking for its third win in a row. Chris Pronger scored two power-play goals on Sunday, the second in overtime to cap a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Nashville.

Pronger, considered one of the league's best offensive defensemen, has three goals in his last three games. But he has struggled against the Stars, managing only three assists in his last 15 games against them dating back to the start of the 1999-2000 season.

The 12-year veteran and 2000 Hart and Norris Trophy winner, has 10 goals and needs five more for a new single-season high.

The Oilers hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the West with 21 games remaining. They are one point behind Los Angeles for the seventh seed and four points ahead of ninth-place Anaheim.

STANDINGS: Stars - 83 points, 1st place, Pacific Division. Oilers - 72 points, 4th place, 5 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Stars - Jere Lehtinen, 28 goals; Sergei Zubov, 44 assists; Arnott, 59 points; Morrow, 143 PIM. Oilers - Ryan Smyth, 28 goals; Ales Hemsky, 44 assists; Shawn Horcoff and Hemsky, 60 points; Jaroslav Spacek, 84 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Stars - Power play: 16.4 percent (63 for 385), 22nd in NHL. Penalty killing: 82.7 percent (316 for 382), 14th. Oilers - Power play: 18.0 percent (70 for 390), 18th. Penalty killing: 83.0 percent (307 for 370), 13th.

GOALTENDERS: Stars - Marty Turco (31-15-3, 3 SO, 2.64 GAA); Johan Hedberg (9-3-0, 0, 2.75). Oilers - Jussi Markkanen (15-12-6, 0, 3.13); Mike Morrison (10-4-1, 0, 2.83).

SEASON SERIES: Stars, 2-1.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 7; Stars 4-0. At Dallas, Turco made 16 saves for his first shutout of the season and Modano had a goal and an assist.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Stars - 19-8-2 on the road; Oilers - 15-12-4 at home.

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