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StarPoints For 2/19 vs Edmonton

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

Edmonton Oilers (29-24-4) @ Dallas Stars (28-21-7)
7:30PM - American Airlines Center
Television - FS Southwest
Radio-News/Talk 820 WBAP

1.)  Thursday night’s match-up marks the final meeting of the season between the Dallas Stars and the Edmonton Oilers. The first meeting between the two clubs on Nov. 30 in Dallas featured Mike Modano’s 1300th career point as the Stars won the game, 4-3, off Modano’s game-winning milestone goal late in the third period. The second matchup took place Dec. 13 at Edmonton and resulted in a 5-2 Oilers’ win. The Oilers also got the victory in the third game Jan. 3 at Edmonton, 4-1. Last season the Stars were able to finish the season with a 4-0-0 record against Edmonton.
 
2.)  Loui Eriksson continues to impress. He currently leads the Stars in goals with 27, but beyond that he has become a reliable defensive forward when the Stars need to shutdown the opposing team. The 23-year-old ranks second on the club in plus/minus with a +12 behind Stephane Robidas (+13). Eriksson’s defensive play made him a reliable player on Dallas’ penalty killing unit. In the past three games he has skated for over nine minutes on the PK, while the Stars’ penalty-killing unit has only given up one goal. Eriksson is currently ranked eighth in the NHL in takeaways with 51.
 
3.)  Brad Richards suffered a broken wrist in the Stars’ last game Feb. 16 at Columbus. The center is in his first full season with Dallas, coming to the team last February in a trade with Tampa Bay. Since Richards joined the Stars he has posted 18 goals and 41 assists for 59 points in 67 games. “Anytime you are hurt or you miss time, especially right now with the situation we are in, it’s a tough blow,” Richards said. “These guys care a lot and we have been able to bounce back from a lot of things.” Richards has a cast over his wrist and is expected to be out of the lineup for six to eight weeks.
 
4.)  Chris Conner has been bouncing between Dallas and Peoria all season. Conner, recently called up for the fourth time in 2008-09, has played in 19 NHL games for the Stars, scoring a goal and six assists. The 24-year-old’s only NHL goal of the season was the game-winner Jan. 29 at Detroit. The Westland, Michigan native has played in 30 games for the Peoria Rivermen and is still ranked second on the team in goals with 16 in his limited time with the Rivermen.
 
5.)  One to watch for: For the past two seasons, Ales Hemsky has been the stable force on the scoreboard for the Edmonton Oilers. Hemsky currently leads the club in scoring with 18 goals and 32 assists for 50 points. Last season the right wing finished with 20 goals and 51 assists for 71 points leading the Oilers again in points. Hemsky has been a pest for the Stars this season scoring two goals and an assist in two games against Dallas so far this season. The Pardubice, Czech Republic native has recorded three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 19 career games against the Stars.



Author: Dallas Stars Staff

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