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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars

Sunday, December 1
5:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (12-9-3) are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Friday at American Airlines Center. The Stars had a 1-0 lead entering the third period, but Chicago tied the game and then won it in an eleven-round shootout.

“We played one hell of a game. That was one hell of a hockey game,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “I thought, puck-wise and playmaking wise and skating, there was a lot of speed in the game. I thought our guys played as hard as they could.

“When you lose one like that it hurts. But to know you got a point and played them as tough as you did you can take something away from that.”

The Stars lost defenseman Stephane Robidas to a leg fracture in the game. He underwent surgery Saturday morning and is expected to miss 4-6 months.

“That’s tough. I’ve seen lots of injuries, but it doesn’t change when you see something like that,” said Ruff. “He battles so hard, he’s played so well for us, he’s such a good competitor. When you see that it hurts.”

The Stars recalled defenseman Jamie Oleksiak from the Texas Stars of the AHL. Oleksiak or Kevin Connauton is expected to take the open spot on defense in Sunday’s game.

Dallas is 1-0-1 on its homestand, which wraps up Sunday vs. the Oilers.

Injuries: D Stephane Robidas (leg) and D Aaron Rome (muscle injury) are out.

About the Oilers

The Oilers (8-17-2) are coming off a 4-2 loss at Columbus on Friday. The Blue Jackets scored 7:50 into the game to take the early lead and then added three more goals in the second period to extend their lead to 4-0.

"We weren't ready to go right out of the gate," Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said. "Even though we slowly fought our way back there were a lot of head-shaking moments from not only the coaches but the players themselves. There were a lot of mental mistakes."

Ilya Bryzgalov, making his second start and third appearance for the Oilers, stopped 19 of 23 shots and was pulled after the second period.

The loss was just the second in the last six games for Edmonton (4-2-0).The Oilers are 1-1-0 on their current road trip, which concludes Sunday in Dallas.

Injuries: C Boyd Gordon (undisclosed) is questionable. D Philip Larsen (back), F Tyler Pitlick (knee) and G Richard Bachman (lower body) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of three meetings between the Stars and Oilers this season.

*November 13, Dallas at Edmonton: Stars 3, Oilers 0.

*The Stars are 10-1-1 in their last 12 games against the Oilers at American Airlines Center.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 4-3-3 at home this season.

*The Oilers are 5-9-2 on the road.

*The Oilers are 2-7-1 vs. the Western Conference.

*The Stars are 7-6-3 vs. the West.

*The Oilers have been outscored 30-17 in first periods this season.

*The Stars have outscored their opponents 21-20 in first periods.

*The Oilers have been outscored 40-63 in five-on-five play. Their 0.63 five-on-five goals for/goals against ratio ranks 29th in the league.

*The Stars have outscored their opponents 50-47 in five-on-five play, ranking 15th in the league with a five-on-five goals for/goals against ratio of 1.06.

*Stars forward Rich Peverley has points in 3 straight games (1 goal, 2 assists).

*Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has points in 5 straight games (1 goal, 7 assists).

*Jamie Benn leads the Stars in points with 24 (7 goals, 17 assists).

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars with 12 goals.

*Jordan Eberle leads the Oilers with 23 points (9 goals, 14 assists).

*Eberle and David Perron co-lead the Oilers in goals with 9 each.

This story was not subject to the 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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