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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at Edmonton Oilers
Tuesday, March 14
8:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (27-31-10) lost 5-1 at San Jose Sunday. The Stars dominated play in the first period but were down 2-1 after 20 minutes. The Sharks scored two more in the second to take control of the game and then added another goal early in the third period.

"We made a couple of big mistakes," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "We had a [defenseman] fall down on the one goal. We turned the puck over in the neutral zone. That got us in trouble. You know, you dominate a period, but you don't put the puck in the back of the net, and then you make a couple of mistakes that end up in the back of your net."

Stars forward Remi Elie scored the lone goal for the Stars, his first in the NHL.

Stars forward Ales Hemsky (maintenance) did not practice Monday.

Tuesday's game is the second of a four-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: LW Antoine Roussel (upper body) is out. C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) is on injured reserve.

About the Oilers

The Oilers (35-24-9) lost their third straight game, falling 4-1 to Montreal in Edmonton on Sunday. The Oilers jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the second period, but the Canadiens scored the next four goals. The Oilers were outshot 41-25.

"They disrupted a lot of our exits out of the zone, got sticks on pucks, batting things down, disrupted the flow of the game," Oilers coach Todd McLellan told the team's official site. "The effort, the want, the desire was there tonight. I didn't think there was anything lazy or negligent about our game, we just didn't execute really well."

The Oilers, who are 2-4-1 in their past seven games, have dropped to the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Tuesday's game is the fifth of eight straight at home for the Oilers, who are 1-2-1 in the first four games of the homestand.

Injuries: RW Tyler Pitlick (knee) is on injured reserve.

Season Series

*This is the third and final meeting between the Stars and Oilers this season.

*Both teams are 1-1-0 in the season series.

*Nov. 11, at Edmonton: Stars 3, Oilers 2
*Nov. 19, at Dallas: Oilers 5, Stars 2

*Since 2009-10, the Stars are 9-2-2 on the road vs. the Oilers.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 9-19-4 on the road.

*The Oilers are 16-12-4 on the road.

*The Stars are 9-4-2 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Oilers are 10-5-3 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 6-11-0 since the All-Star break.

*The Oilers are 7-8-1 since the break.

*The Stars have allowed 3.59 goals per game since the All-Star break, ranking 30th in the league.

*The Oilers have scored 2.25 goals per game since the All-Star break, ranking 24th in the league.

*The Stars have allowed five goals or more in six of their past 12 games.

*The Oilers have scored two goals or fewer in six of their past nine games. 

*The Stars are 20-24 (83.3 percent) on the penalty kill over the past eight games.

*The Oilers are 7-23 (30.4 percent) on the power play over the past 12 games.

*Oilers captain Connor McDavid leads the NHL in scoring with 75 points (23 goals, 52 assists).

*Stars forward Tyler Seguin is tied for ninth in the league in scoring with 67 points (23 goals, 44 assists).

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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