Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars
Tuesday November 25, 2014
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM
About the Stars
The Stars (8-9-4) are coming off a 5-4 victory over Los Angeles Saturday night at American Airlines Center. The Stars built a 4-0 lead in the game, but the Kings cut the lead to 5-3 after two periods and then outshot the Stars 16-2 in the third and pulled to within one goal.
“That last 20 minutes should have left a bitter taste in everybody’s mouth,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “It’s a win, but we know we can’t play like that. That game could have ended up being a disaster. It didn’t, which is good, but we know we are better than that.”
The victory gave the Stars their first two-game winning streak at home this season.
Forward Ryan Garbutt, who has missed three games with an upper body injury, practiced Monday and will be available for Tuesday’s game.
Dallas assigned LW Curtis McKenzie to Texas (AHL) on Monday.
Tuesday’s tilt is the fourth of a five-game homestand for the Stars, who are 2-1-0 in the first three games.
Injuries: RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out.
About the Oilers
The Oilers (6-13-2) lost 7-1 to Chicago at Rexall Place Saturday, extending their winless streak to six games (0-5-1). The Blackhawks scored on their first two shots of the game to take a 2-0 lead by the 4:43 mark of the first period. It was a 6-0 game by the 3:50 mark of the second.
“That's about as long a game as I can ever remember, since I played pro hockey or coached,” Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. “We come out there, the Chicago Blackhawks are here, our players were energized, our fans were energized, they dropped the puck and there was great energy on the ice. But when the first two shots go in the net, that will suck the life out of a team that has been struggling and trying to get through this.”
The Oilers went 0-4-1 on a five-game homestand. They are 2-9-1 in their last 12 games overall.
“It’s all on us. Nobody can control the game except us,” said Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “We go out there every night and we’re the ones competing out there. It’s all on the players in here and we’ve just got to find a way to motivate ourselves to get back on track and push forward.”
The Oilers, who have the league’s worst team save percentage, fired goaltending coach Frederic Chabot Monday and replaced him with Dustin Schwartz.
Tuesday’s game kicks off a three-game road trip that will take the Oilers to Dallas, Nashville and St. Louis.
Injuries: LW Benoit Pouliot (foot) is out.
*This is the first of three meetings between the Stars and Oilers this season.
*The Stars were 2-0-1 (5 points) vs. Edmonton last season.
*The Oilers were 1-2-0 (2 points) vs. Dallas last season.
*The Stars are 10-1-2 in their last 13 home games vs. Edmonton.
*The Stars are 66-40-19 all-time vs. Edmonton.
*The Stars are 3-5-4 at home.
*The Oilers are 2-5-1 on the road.
*The Oilers are 0-10-1 vs. the Western Conference, including 0-3-0 vs. the Central Division.
*The Stars are 5-7-3 vs. the West, including 5-2-1 vs. the Pacific Division.
*Edmonton ranks 30th in the league in team save percentage (.883).
*The Stars are tied with Columbus for 28th in team save percentage (.893).
*Stars captain Jamie Benn has points in three straight games (three goals, three assists).
*Stars forward Tyler Seguin leads the NHL with 15 goals. He is tied for second in points with 26.
*Taylor Hall leads Edmonton with seven goals. Jordan Eberle leads the Oilers with 15 points.
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 DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.